Groundswell of support for Akhilesh in Mulayam's native village Saifai

The SP chief�s announcement that Akhilesh Yadav may not be the CM face in the next Assembly polls has somewhat disenchanted the common people of Saifai

Groundswell of support for Akhilesh in Mulayam

Even as Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Yadav have cracked the whip against 'Team Akhilesh’ and initiated a slew of steps in this direction, there seems to be a groundswell of support for Akhilesh Yadav in his hometown Saifai of Etawah.

An uneasy calm prevailed in Saifai for the last four weeks with news stories of dispute cropping up between Akhilesh and his father and uncle Shivpal. The situation dramatically changed after October 14 when Mulayam Singh Yadav announced that Akhilesh Yadav may not be the CM face in the next Assembly polls.

The SP chief’s announcement somewhat disenchanted the common people of Saifai, who are now speaking up, maintaining that enough was enough and that the dispute should be settled as soon as possible.

The common people of Etawah and Saifai, not so well versed with the nitty gritty of politics, are unable to comprehend as to how a father could be so harsh against his son, who has brought good name to the family and the district.

They are also unable to figure out the lapses, if any, committed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav that angered his father Mulayam Singh. The locals of Saifai remain united in their opinion that Akhilesh was being victimized for no rhyme and reason.

The extended family of Mulayam Singh, including his brothers and nephews, are not willing to speak on the matter and are maintaining a studied silence. They, however, give enough indications that Akhilesh is the need of the party as he is an undisputed and popular youth leader of the state with a spotless image.

Darshan Singh Yadav, a close associate of Mulayam who was recently conferred with Yash Bharati award, said, “It is a family dispute and no one should interfere. Soon some amicable solution would be found and the family would again be united.’’ He added, "Akhilesh is a popular youth leader of the state and the SP stands to lose in the Assembly polls without projecting him as their leader.”

"The people of Saifai and those in nearby districts who had any contact with the family of Mulayam Singh are very concerned over the ongoing intra-family dispute. They are particularly amazed at the harsh behavior of Mulayam Singh against his son,’’ said Dr. Akshay Yadav of Saifai.

“Ever since Akhilesh took over as CM of UP in March 2012, it was a widely accepted view that Mulayam Singh has announced his heir and Akhilesh would inherit the legacy of the party from his father. The sudden fissures have bewildered the people,’’ he pointed out.