Shah’s Double Whammy

May 22 2017

Lucknow rumour mills are abuzz. Mulayam Singh’s younger brother, the much disgruntled uncle of Akhilesh, Shivpal Yadav had a long and ‘strategic’ meeting with BJP superman Amit Shah, aimed at some serious confabulations for the 2019 general polls. Insiders say that this is the start of the process of Shivpal merging his party or outfit into the saffron party just ahead of the 2019 polls. And the prize for him? Shah says Shivpal’s son Aditya will be given a ticket from BJP to contest for the Lok Sabha from Kannauj, to dethrone Dimple Yadav, Akhilesh’s wife, the sitting MP. Sources say it has been agreed between the twosome, Shah and Shivpal, that even if Akhilesh himself contests fro Kannauj instead of his wife, he would have to face his cousin Aditya at the hustings. That been agreed upon, Shah suggested that Shivpal should contest from Mainpuri, his elder brother Mulayam’s constituency. To which Shivpal, a good brother, no doubt, said a flat “No”. Instead, he suggested, he could contest from Etah, which has a huge Yadav vote bank. A smirk appeared, birds sing, on Shah’s face… this suited him two ways. Aditya against Dimple… Shivpal against? Well it goes like this. Etah is currently the stronghold of Kalyan Singh, a Modi bête noire, and his son is the Rajbir Singh is the MP from there. So since BJP has already gotten Kalyan’s grandson Sandip Singh to the Yogi Adityanath ministry in UP, it could take away Kalyan’s claims to the Etah seat under the clause of ‘one family one position’. So be it, erstwhile archrival Shivpal against party ‘comrade’ Kalyan!

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