LUCKNOW: Watching a political crisis unfold live in Lucknow is quite a different thing from reading clichéd phrases like politicians “airdashing” for “hectic parleys”. All through the night, some 70 MLAs loyal to Shivpal Yadav parked themselves outside his residence.
On Friday, the chances of a resolution in the family feud finally seemed to brighten when patriarch and party boss Mulayam Singh Yadav came up with a four-point formula that could assuage everyone somewhat -- including his rebellious Chief Minister son Akhilesh. Of course, Mulayam’s own pride too was kept with the first two points in the compromise deal. His brother would get to keep his old portfolios in the State Cabinet, and would also stay the State party chief. At the end of a day filled with a flurry of meetings, Mulayam also rejected Shivpal’s resignation. Though Akhilesh made no formal declaration of truce, he told a Hindi TV channel that he had no objection to accepting these demands.
What mollified him was the third big element in the deal: that he would get to have a decisive say in the distribution of tickets for the coming Assembly polls, where the SP will be battling a creeping anti-incumbency factor. The fourth element in the deal had to do with former mining minister Gayatri Prajapati, who too had been sacked by Akhilesh after corruption charges were raised against him. Prajapati too will be reinstated in the Cabinet, according to Mulayam’s peace formula, but with a different twist. The only condition is that the ongoing cases against him will be dropped.
What Akhilesh gains?
The Chief Minister will get a say in distribution of tickets in the upcoming Assembly polls
What pacified Shivpal?
All key portfolios removed from him will be reinstated. He will also stay as party chief