Mighty Akhilesh

January 23 2017

Has someone cast an evil eye on the ongoing dialogue for a poll alliance between Congress and Samajwadi Party (and yes, we are talking about Akhilesh’s, the official SP, not Mulayam’s anymore), or has the young CM become too flushed with self-confidence after the poll panel granted his faction the election symbol of the cycle? Not very long ago, Priyanka Gandhi had taken the reins of the alliance dialogue on the prompting of PK (Prashant Kishore) the master poll strategist. But suddenly, it transpires that Akhilesh had stopped taking calls from Rahul and even Priyanka. The SP started taming the Congress by giving tickets to its own candidates in those assembly seats where the Congress had won in the last elections in 2012. A worried Congress High Command asked the party’s UP in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad to intervene. When Azad called Professor Ram Gopal Yadav, the current godfather of Akhilesh, the latter said that since the CM is now also the National President of the SP, he has become too busy and so he could not take the call from Congress’ National Vice President Rahul Gandhi. The indication was clear: from now on he will only speak at the National President’s level, a la Sonia Gandhi.

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