March 30, 2012

Unfair to pull Akhilesh down that soon!

UP elections have always been intriguing and most of the times for the wrong reasons. This is one state where political leaders have always been riddled with controversies, be it from criminalized and caste-based politics, to corruption and scams. But this year, controversy seems to have taken a new shape. With the rise of a young and dynamic leader in UP, the scenario here would change soon. Against expectations, Samajwadi Party (SP) suddenly came out and swept the elections. This sweeping victory cannot be credited to anyone else other than Akhilesh Yadav – a young politician who never projected himself as the Chief Minister, even after the victory. But then, SP read the minds and hearts of the electorate and decided to make Akhilesh the CM. And thus a new star was born in Uttar Pradesh!

Akhilesh Yadav, son of UP strongman Mulayam Singh Yadav, steered SP to a sensational victory in the state assembly, a victory that decimated all their political rivals. Uttar Pradesh may be the biggest state in India (and hence politically most important) but certainly, it is not the best governed state. Even though the state sends the maximum number of MPs to the Centre, it has been perpetually ripped apart through generations (how else would one describe the agenda of UP’s division) by the communal, casteist, self-indulgent, and shortsighted chieftains to meet their short term goals. The last two decades probably have been the worst for the state when Mayawati and Mulayam Singh reduced the politics in the state to nothing but a jungle raj! The battle was almost lost for UP, had it not been Akhilesh Yadav taking centre stage to rechristen the state with long-lost optimism and hope. His performance speaks for itself for he is the one who rightly represents today’s youth. Amidst many other young politicians, his one young face shines the brightest, and all because of his calm, pleasant, confident and positive attitude which most of the other young politicians in India comprehensively lack.

Amidst the praise and starry eyes of hope that surround him, one cannot undermine the immensely difficult and daunting task ahead. And that’s exactly what happened within days of his winning. The same media, which lavished much praise on this young man for winning, wrote him off overnight the moment he announced his cabinet. Along with the infamous Raja Bhaiya, his cabinet of 47 ministers (that is much smaller than his father’s jumbo cabinet of 97 ministers) had as many as 28 with a criminal background. All I can say is that it’s not easy to win elections in a state like UP and any other party’s cabinet would have looked quite the same if history and Indian politics are things to go by. Akhilesh inherited a party, which had a history of harbouring thugs and goons. Their inbred nature certainly cannot be changed by merely snapping off ties! And if Akhilesh tries to replace them abruptly, it will create such an upheaval that his government could even fall. Akhilesh in his campaign did stress repeatedly of clean and transparent governance by scientifically sidelining the criminals. However, let’s as of now assume this cabinet to be his political compulsion! He perhaps had no choice but to induct these people to safeguard his government.
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15 comments:

Saurav said...

SP supporters have already started reacting, its an acid test for Akhilesh to control people in his party,too early to predict anything as of now.

aman said...

Rahul Gandhi's campaigning could have been better and more positive.....that could have really made a big difference.

Prem Singh Kandasi said...

unlike other politicians,Akhilesh Yadav kept dirty politics aside and truly worked hard to earn whatever he has today....really difficult to find such politicians with positive attitude.

Rohit said...

what actually made Akhilesh connect to his people was his Kranti Rath Yatra which allowed him to cover all his constituencies where he covered more than 10,000 km of UP.

naina said...

Akhilesh Yadav clearly targeted Indian youth and this was visible in all his campaigns throughout,unlike Rahul Gandhi.

Annu said...

Rahul Gandhi really made no new promises and focused on the past and caste and reservations......people today want a secure future and he should have understood this.

Diptimayee Nayak said...

I'm sure Akhilesh Yadav is far better than mayawati and must have better plans for U.P .

aaryan said...

Rahul Gandhi raised the right issues during his campaigns but his way of doing so was not the best.

jasmeet said...

Akhilesh Yadav's campaign had a positive conclusion that talked about development and progress and did not criticize his rivals......this attitude made the difference.

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