Updated June 17, 2019 | 11:53 IST | Frank Huzur
BJP RSS sympathisers in media are blaming Akhilesh Yadav for a string of desertions, especially thakur politicians like Neeraj Shekhar, son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, and previous turncoat blokes, Raja Bhaiya and Amar Singh. Some news outlets in bed with the ruling party BJP are grinning like Cheshire Cat when they are saying, “Akhilesh lacks political acumen and approach of his father Mulayam Singh.”
Some are ridiculing popular socialist leader and former Chief Minister by alleging that he is arrogant and disrespectful towards elders of the party. And some prejudiced opinion makers are warning him about the imminent descent into the political oblivion if he doesn’t mend his ways sooner than later.
What is the truth in above-mentioned opinions? We have been hearing similar outbursts from these BJP loudspeakers for the past decade or so ever since the baton of power and control had been seamlessly transferred from the patriarch to the new age practitioner of secular and socialist politics.
Akhilesh Yadav is an epitome of humility. He is not arrogance personified. Nevertheless, a crowd of people thronging him have misunderstood his confidence and conviction for arrogance and obtuseness.
Never did Akhilesh ever try to shut down the door for dialogue against anyone who turned disgruntled over a set of petty expectations and egos.
Being a liberal democratic leader, Akhilesh values the sanctity of insightful parley with party members of all age group. He is not an oligarch.
His flair for open house discussion of issues is known to everyone, from a ordinary worker to a seasoned leader.
In fact, egoistic and self-centered elements in the Party successfully exploited the emotional Akhilesh for their own gains and favours.
In the current scenario of drama and desertion of a set of faces with hardly any mass appeal or popular support on the ground, it is necessary to understand the actual factors behind the evolution.
For such deserters, socialist ideology had never been a very strong source of inspiration in politics. Amar, Neeraj or Kunda guy have been acclaimed for entirely different things, recklessly close to Machiavellian politics rather than public welfare centric political aptitude.
Besides, they derived a maximum amount of concessions from the patron saint Mulayam Singh Yadav first and later from Akhilesh as well.
Still later, Akhilesh always accorded them respect and recognition. In lieu of which they have betrayed Akhilesh and thereby deserted socialism by embracing casteist and communal discourse of BJP. Power and its perk are glue for deserters.
Well, Samajwadi Party has seen many dark summers. And it would bounce back again under Akhilesh’s charismatic leadership.