‘Mu­layam should have taken over the reins of the state’

Tehelka - - ASSAM -

Party had achieved a sim­ple ma­jor­ity in the Ut­tar Pradesh Assem­bly elec­tion in March, thus en­abling party supremo Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav to in­stall his son Akhilesh Ya­dav as the state’s youngest chief min­is­ter. How­ever, af­ter five months in power, Akhilesh is yet to prove his met­tle as an ad­min­is­tra­tor. Forced to work with a team of ‘un­cles’ in the Cab­i­net, cou­pled with the power strug­gle within the first fam­ily, Akhilesh is fac­ing tough chal­lenges. Pub­lic Works and Ir­ri­ga­tion Min­is­ter who is said be sulk­ing over his nephew’s el­e­va­tion as chief min­is­ter, tells

that it’s too early to make any judge­ment on the Akhilesh Ya­dav gov­ern­ment. come to the aid of his son to bol­ster his author­ity.

I don’t think so. Ne­taji (Mu­layam) has given a free hand to Akhilesh. He never in­ter­feres in the af­fairs of the gov­ern­ment and day-to-day ad­min­is­tra­tion. Even when Ne­taji was the CM, he never in­ter­fered in the work of his Cab­i­net col­leagues. Have you ever seen Ne­taji with Akhilesh in Delhi or any other of­fi­cial en­gage­ment? But Ne­taji is the party pres­i­dent and he is within his rights to keep a watch on the gov­ern­ment’s over­all per­for­mance. But you were not in favour of Akhilesh tak­ing over as I didn’t op­pose his can­di­da­ture. But I felt that Ne­taji should have once again taken over the reins of the state. He is the head of the fam­ily and party and we all abide by his de­ci­sions, so it’s not an is­sue. More­over, Akhilesh is like my son; he lived with me since his child­hood and like any fa­ther, I wish him all the best. How do you rate Akhilesh’s per­for­mance so far? Has he been able to prove his met­tle as an ad­min­is­tra­tor? Akhilesh has be­come an es­tab­lished leader of the party. The SP’s rank and file favour that the Lok Sabha elec­tions be fought un­der his lead­er­ship. He has made a good start. He is hum­ble and ac­ces­si­ble. I’m con­fi­dent that the peo­ple of UP would en­dorse his lead­er­ship again in 2014. It is said that there are mul­ti­ple cen­tres of power in the state gov­ern­ment, which is adding to Akhilesh’s woes. It’s a ca­nard spread by our ri­vals. Akhilesh is in charge of the gov­ern­ment and all the min­is­ters take de­ci­sions af­ter tak­ing the CM into con­fi­dence and I’m no ex­cep­tion. Peo­ple have started com­par­ing the Akhilesh regime with the Mayawati gov­ern­ment on law and or­der, which seems to be de­te­ri­o­rat­ing as com­mu­nal vi­o­lence has bro­ken out in Akhilesh’s el­e­va­tion has spurred a power strug­gle within your fam­ily. Dur­ing the re­cent mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in Etawah, Ram Gopal Ya­dav and Ra­j­pal Singh Ya­dav fielded their own can­di­dates. The party had given a free hand and none was given the party sym­bol as the party had al­ready de­cided that it would not con­test the ur­ban lo­cal body elec­tion on its sym­bol. Who­ever won the elec­tion in Etawah was from the SP. Are you groom­ing your son Aditya to join pol­i­tics? No, Aditya will not en­ter pol­i­tics. I have stopped him from tak­ing the plunge. My wife is also not in favour of him join­ing pol­i­tics. Pol­i­tics ap­pears to be very at­trac­tive and charm­ing from a dis­tance but there is a lot of un­cer­tainty.

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