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From Tipu to Sultan?

Uttar Pradesh, the land of Ganges, is of paramount importance. It is a politically fertile land that produced eight prime ministers uptil now. The eight include J L Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Chaudhary Charan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi, V P Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chandrashekhar. Of these only four – Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Vajpayee – were able to complete one full term.

The three names for the post of the prime minister from the state of Uttar Pradesh have been in circulation for quite sometime now. The names of the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and the two former Chief Ministers Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav are referred for the highest executive post of the country.

Three former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Chaudhary Charan Singh, V P Singh and Chandrashekhar, had adorned to the highest post. Luck smiled on Charan Singh and Chandrashekhar due to split in their respective political parties supplemented by the tactical outside support by the Congress party. Both Charan Singh and Chandrashekhar had base support of around 60 Lok Sabha members whereas V P Singh became the prime minister after being elected the leader of the Janata Dal Party and outside support from the two parties having different ideologies representing the two different poles. The country also witnessed the elevation of two other former chief ministers to the post of the prime minister; both were elected the leader of their respective Parliamentary party. Morarji Desai had been the chief minister of Mumbai whereas
H D Deve Gowda, the chief minister of Karnataka prior to becoming the prime minister. Morarji was an expected choice to the highest post whereas Deve Gowda was then a dark horse.

Both the Samajvadi Party Chief, Mulayam Singh and the BSP Chief, Mayawati have been aspiring to win the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats from the state in order to claim the highest post once house emerges hung resulting in intensified political activities to cobble a possible alliance. Both these leaders have many qualities in common. Both have been running a personality based party in an authoritarian manner, giving outside support to the UPA government at the Centre, as opposed to the saffron party and getting relief from the centre in their cases of disproportionate assets.

Mulayam Singh, during his platinum jubilee birth celebration exhorted his supporters to ensure the victory of at least 75 candidates of his party in the next Lok Sabha elections to make him strong enough to negotiate with all concerned as per his whims and conditions. He is a worried man due to the novice attitude of his son, the Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav or Tipu.

Mulayam is scared and apprehensive about the negative effect towards his ambitions due to the failures of Tipu.

Tipu’s inefficiency in dealing with the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar and Durga Shakti case have earned bad name to the party and its government. Mulayam had once publicly criticised his son Akhilesh and had asked him to perform and deliver. It seems that Akhilesh could not learn the tricks of governance and politics from his mentor, Late Janeshwar Mishra.  Akhilesh campaigned fiercely during the last assembly elections and became a youth icon before taking over as the chief minister of the state.  His image has now been defamed. This forced Mulayam to use his picture in place of Akhilesh in the hoardings. All this shows the frustration of three time Chief Minister Mulayam Singh, in run up to his ultimate destination, he missed during the United Front period.

The BSP chief and four times Chief Minister, Mayawati has also been cautiously moving forward to win the maximum Lok Sabha seats from the state. She has been exploiting the unmanageable law and order situation of the state by blaming the Chief Minister, Akhilesh for his drastic lapses. This has made her task easy and less challenging. She had lambasted the government for encouraging the so-called ‘goondaism’. Apart from this, Mayawati had proved her skill in applying the principles of social engineering. She has taken a vow to win more than 60 Lok Sabha seats to enable her to be on the driving seat during negotiations for the top post after Lok Sabha elections.

The third possible contender from Uttar Pradesh to the post of the prime minister is not solely depending upon the outcome in the state as he is extensively touring to make a stable foundation for fulfillment of his party’s desire.

Moreover he is not interested in the political tricks being used by the other two aspirants from Uttar Pradesh. Will the next prime minister come from Uttar Pradesh? We all will have to wait for the answer.

The author is a communication consultant
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