17 April, 2021

Battle Of Awadh

The Congress wants UP badly. How to tackle the SP thorn is the challenge. Crack Mulayam or go with him? Updates

Battle Of Awadh
The Congress strategy for revival in Uttar Pradesh has set it on a collision course with the Samajwadi Party. The verbal duel between Congress heir Rahul Gandhi and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav threatens to snowball into a full-fledged political battle for dominance of the country's most populous state. For now, the Congress is at a disadvantage because it stands isolated in UP, partly due to its own ineptitude and partly because of the SP's nimble political manoeuvres.

The political alignments emerging in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha elections indicate that Mulayam enjoys the backing of both the Left Front and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Ajit Singh, not to mention powerful corporate lobbies. This, despite the fact that Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political secretary, Ahmed Patel, went hat in hand to the CPI(M)'s Harkishen Singh Surjeet in the hope of securing Left support. He was bluntly told that the CPI(M) stood committed to Mulayam (thus creating a piquant situation where the Communist votes just might go to the country's biggest capitalist: SP-backed...

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