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अखिलेश यादव की पत्नी, सांसद डिंपल यादव
अखिलेश यादव की पत्नी, सांसद डिंपल यादव

डिंपल नहीं, तो आखिर अखिलेश की सफलता के पीछे किसका हाथ

सब जानते हैं कि डिंपल यादव यूपी के सीएम अखिलेश यादव की पत्नी, सांसद और उनका प्यार हैं। दोनों में बढ़िया कैमिस्ट्री भी है। लेकिन अखिलेश की सफलता के पीछे डिंपल का हाथ है, तो यह कहना ठीक नहीं होगा। आखिर कौन हैं वो, जिसने अखिलेश को सियासी जमीन पर कामयाबी का सूत्र दिया? अखिलेश और उनकी कामयाबी से जुड़ी पूरी स्पेशल स्टोरी पढ़ें।

साल 2012, समाजवादी पार्टी ने यूपी विधानसभा चुनाव में 403 में से 224 सीटें जीतीं। पार्टी को बहुमत मिला। जनता में यही बात चल रही थी कि पार्टी सुप्रीमो मुलायम सिंह यादव एक बार फिर मुख्यमंत्री की गद्दी संभालेंगे। लेकिन मुलायम सिंह की नजर केंद्र की राजनीति पर थी। उनके सामने 2014 का लोकसभा चुनाव था। उन्होंने दिल्ली का रास्ता चुना और केंद्र में पकड़ मजबूत करने के लिए खुद को झोंक दिया।

मुलायम और पार्टी के तमाम वरिष्ठ और दिग्गज नेताओं ने अखिलेश को सीएम बना दिया। तब अखिलेश सबसे युवा सीएम कहे गए थे। और लोगों ने भी इस युवा सीएम का दिल खोलकर स्वागत किया था।

इसी बीच आमिर खान की फिल्म दंगल रिलीज हुई तो जुमला सपा के हालातों पर भी बना, जिसे कहा गया – ‘समाजवादी दंगल’। इस दंगल में कुश्ती बाप-बेटे और चाचा के बीच चली। नौबत यह आई के पार्टी दो धड़ों बंट गई।

Here’s What Went Wrong Between Mulayam And Akhilesh Yadav

How has Mulayam Singh Yadav been ‘managed’? There are two theories. It is being widely speculated that Mulayam has been promised by the BJP to be made India’s next president or vice president. That also explains, according to those who propound this theory, why Mulayam Singh Yadav needed Amar Singh back in the party. Amar Singh helps ‘Netaji’ navigate and maneuver the world of Lutyens’ Delhi.

Another theory, not mutually exclusive, is that Mulayam Singh Yadav has been ‘managed’ by the BJP with the threat of the CBI’s disproportionate assets case against him.

Scripted drama?

Yet another speculation has been that the family feud is all a scripted drama with the entire Yadav clan putting up one big act. The purpose of this fake war is to raise the profile of Akhilesh Yadav as a martyr-hero and help the party win the election.

None of these theories make any sense, or have any evidence to support them. As for the CBI case against Mulayam Singh Yadav, it is as good as closed. Besides, Akhilesh Yadav is also an accused in the case. Why is the CBI threat not working on him?

Who’s afraid of Amar Singh?

Or perhaps all of these things are true. After all, why did Mulayam Singh Yadav need Amar Singh back after six years? What is it in Delhi that Mulayam Singh Yadav needs done that Amar Singh became a necessity for him again?

One of the first things Amar Singh did after being appointed national general secretary of the SP in September was to take Mulayam Singh Yadav to meet Ram Jethmalani, the veteran lawyer whom all powerful politicians want. A little birdie tells us that Mulayam Singh Yadav asked for Jethmalani’s help with his case, and also repeated his usual rant about how he almost became prime minister. “Lalu prevented me back then, but this time there will be no such mistake,” Yadav told Jethmalani, we have reliably learnt.

These still don’t provide any explanation of why the split between Mualaym and Akhilesh appears so bitter that Mulayam has sacked Akhilesh from the party. Be it Mulayam’s ambitions to be prime minister or president, or whatever Mulayam needs to do to get the CBI to officially close the cases, why would Akhilesh Yadav not be appreciative of or helpful in these concerns? Can’t these problems be solved without Amar Singh?

Then there’s the theory that Mulayam Singh Yadav’s second wife Sadhna Gupta, his brother Shivpal Yadav and friend Amar Singh have been inciting Mulayam Singh Yadav against Akhilesh. In that case, what makes Mulayam Singh Yadav receptive to such talk against his own son? After all, Mulayam made Akhilesh CM in 2012.

Different worldviews

As was evident in Mulayam’s sacking of Akhilesh from the party yesterday, Mulayam seeks to assert control and show who’s boss, who created the party, who produced the son, who made the son chief minister. Akhilesh thinks, as young men tend to, that the father has grown old and should retire.

Mulayam Singh Yadav is 77, Akhilesh Yadav 43. The 34 years that divide them is the long distance between their worldviews, their concepts of politics and governance.

Mulayam Singh Yadav wants to give tickets to dons with criminal records, Akhilesh wants to change the party’s goonda image. Mulayam Singh Yadav makes egregious comments on rape, Akhilesh Yadav starts women’s helplines that actually work. Mulayam Singh Yadav represents the identity politics of Mandal, Akhilesh Yadav casts his image more as Akhilesh and less as Yadav. Mulayam Singh Yadav is known as a ‘mullah’ for his Muslim identity politics, Akhilesh Yadav wants to cast a secular technocrat image for himself.

Mulayam Singh Yadav has, since 2014, publicly scolded Akhilesh Yadav on a number of occasions. In one such instance, Mulayam Singh said, “I wanted to got to Delhi (in government) but we got only 5 seats (in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections). Why did we do so badly? I asked for a report but haven’t got one till date.”

“Abey chup!”

In one speech, Mulayam shouted “Abey chup!” as he noticed Akhilesh was talking to another leader as Mulayam was admonishing him for poor governance.

Ring in the new

The phrase yuva peedhi, the young generation, has become an anathema for Mulayam Singh Yadav. He hates hearing about the young generation that’s reshaping the party, the government and the world.