Torn be­tween

Business Standard - - DEMOCRACY AT WORK -

The Sa­ma­jwadi Party supremo Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav is torn in two. He has grasped son Akhilesh’s arm and is be­ing seen at Sa­ma­jwadi Party func­tions. But he would dearly like brother Shiv­pal — who has launched a par­al­lel po­lit­i­cal party and an­nounced will con­test all 80 seats in UP — to re­turn to the fam­ily fold. What he would like is for Shiv­pal to get the po­si­tion of party gen­eral sec­re­tary. But now, at last hav­ing got full con­trol of the party, son Akhilesh is clear Shiv­pal must not be al­lowed to re­turn. Usu­ally, a fam­ily meet­ing re­solves such matters. But Akhilesh is not ready even to hold a fam­ily pow wow. So Mu­layam is forced to watch his fam­ily em­pire dis­in­te­grate be­fore his very eyes. Com­pare this with the much more or­derly suc­ces­sion in the Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam — or even the Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar).

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