With the battleground all set to host the most awaited battle-UP Assembly elections 2017, all parties ready to test their luck, infuses all the energy and determination in the campaign as soon as polling dates are announced.With the tussle going on between the family members of the ruling party, it makes the poll more interesting and agile. The family drama going on in the Samajwadi Party surrounding the top leaders of the party adds to the twist of the polls. Above all, the rift between the father and son will further intensify the struggle to survive the existence of the party and the very votebank that it enjoys.
The ongoing turmoil escalated when the Samajwadi party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav suspended Akhilesh Singh Yadav from the party for 6 years citing ‘indisicpline’, he was accused of calling a meet without prior permission from the party president and putting up candidates against the official party list. The suspension invited widespread anger and protest against the party supremo and his brother Shivpal Yadav for spilling ‘partisan’ against Akhilesh. A large number of party workers and supporters landed outside CM’s residence to show their support and protest against the decision. After the decision was announced several equations came into light as the debate over the future and the successor of the party escalated. The most possible equations were that Akhilesh would retain as the CM of UP with majority falling in his bag and he would also become the next chief of SP with majority in his support, however, all these speculations came to rest as the suspension was revoked within 24 hours.
This tension in the ruling party makes the upcoming polls more interesting to note, which party would eventually win the voters. With the recent surveys and opinion polls by several newspapers and media outlets like India Today, The Indian Express, Times of India etc., giving BJP a majority, it will be interesting to see whom the young voters will support in this elections. Akhilesh, being a young face and known to be pro-development might be the most preferred CM candidate in UP elections, but the ongoing speculation of split of party is all set to damage the scope of SP and provide the opposition with that upper hand.