WITH MAYAWATI SIDING WITH BJP, SP MUST STRENGTHEN PARTY BASE
The Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav has made it clear that it would not enter into alliance with any party for the 2022 assembly elections.
Yadav also made it clear that at the country level, decision would be taken at an appropriate time.
It would be worth mentioning here that Akhilesh Yadav had a bad experience of allying with the Congress in the 2017 assembly polls, when the party performed rather poorly and for the first time, the BJP came to power on its own.
Similarly in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Akhilesh Yadav surprised everybody when he entered into alliance with his archrival Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party. The fact was that it was the BSP which benefitted more than SP from the SP-BSP alliance. BSP was helped through the transfer of Muslim votes, in addition to the expected Dalit votes, as SP was in alliance. On the other hand, the number of seats won by SP, just five, was a massive loss to Yadav et al, and the party got a rude shock when Akhilesh’s wife Dimple lost from her seat, Kannauj.
Post elections, even though Akhilesh was thinking of continuing the alliance despite loss to his party, Mayawati dumped him and announced the liquidation of the relationship on her own without consulting Yadav.
It is worth mentioning here that way back in 1993, the SP-BSP combine had come to power due to understanding between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati.
During the pandemic period, Akhilesh Yadav has also bought peace within his own family and announced that he could enter an understanding with his uncle Shivpal Yadav, who had parted ways with the party and formed his own outfit.
It was mainly due to the family feud in 2017 when confrontation between the father and the son on one hand, and with the uncle and the nephew on the other, ruined the chances of Samajwadi Party coming to power in Uttar Pradesh.
The family feud of Mulayam Singh Yadav, with mudslinging in the open, harmed the party and damaged its chances in the 2017 assembly polls.
Now, Akhilesh Yadav has shown some maturity by forging peace within the family and announcing that his party would leave the seat for uncle Shivpal in Itawah district.
Uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav also visited the residence of nephew Akhilesh Yadav to invite him for inauguration of the Lohia Bhawan at Itawah.
It would be worth mentioning here that Shivpal Yadav was instrumental in looking after the party organization, while elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav was doing national and state-level politics.
Underlining his priorities, Akhilesh Yadav has said that the party would now concentrate in UP in view of the assembly polls.
He said that he and the cadres would work to strengthen the party organisation at the ground-level.
Akhilesh Yadav has, however, hinted that the party could enter into alliance with the regional smaller parties.
Before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Akhilesh Yadav had met several leaders of smaller political parties and discussed the strategy to come together to defeat BJP in UP.
There is a realisation by Akhilesh and within his strategy circuit that unless a rainbow coalition with different castes and smaller parties is formed, it would be difficult to convince the voters that a viable alternative to BJP can be formed and projected.
Akhilesh Yadav is also aware of the earlier Krantikari Morcha formed by his father Mulayam in 1988 with the Left parties and other smaller parties, which came to power and Mulayam Singh Yadav became CM for the first time.
Akhilesh is not a street-fighter like his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, who as opposition leader was always seen confronting the ruling dispensation all the time.
When Mayawati appears to be on the right side of BJP, and Congress under the leadership of Priyanka Gandhi is confronting the Yogi-led BJP government in UP strongly, Akhilesh Yadav has to work hard to woo smaller groups and parties to project a viable alternative.