For the photo-op

June 07 2015

The Yadav family knows that in politics, what can be seen can be sold. Thus, ever since the Supreme Court has put an end to photographs of ministers and chief ministers appearing in government ads, Yadav family, which is at the helm of things in UP, is looking for a shortcut. Akhilesh consulted some expert lawyer friends in his Cabinet, and came up with a middle path – it was to have the chief minister’s photograph clicked taking part in any public activity, which can then be sold to newspapers and magazines for money. A few days ago, for instance, Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium has been given to UP Cricket Association (UPCA) on a 30-year lease. Big pictures of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and UPCA Secretary Rajiv Shukla signing the MoU were distributed to all newspapers by the UP public relations department. Learning by example, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has started doing the same thing. Chief ministers of other states are waiting and watching; if the Supreme Court does not take cognizance of this, they too will follow in Akhilesh’s footsteps. At the same time, father-son duo of Mulayam and Akhilesh feels that the Supreme Court’s order has benefited Modi the most; it’s only his face one can see throughout the country. Sources reveal that in the coming days, the UP government may challenge this directive in the court. The legal team of father and son has given a final shape to refutation.

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