Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav
was crowned the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh at a meeting of the
Samajwadi Party’s parliamentary board on Saturday morning. SP’s
Muslim face Azam Khan moved the proposal to anoint Akhilesh as chief
minister and Mulayam's younger brother endorsed the move.
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profile of Akhilesh Yadav
Samajwadi boss Mulayam Singh Yadav finally managed to turn around
old-timers Azam Khan and Shivpal Yadav who had been insisting that he run
The duo had resisted Akhilesh’s elevation on the
ground that it was Mulayam who built the party and his son did not have
the experience to run the government in as complex a state as Uttar
Pradesh. But most of the new MLAs were of the opinion that the party owed
the 2012 mandate to Akhilesh. They had been crediting Akhilesh with the
party’s change of fortunes with his spirited campaign before and during
the elections. Seen riding his party symbol, the cycle, wearing a red cap,
he was very much the face of the campaign.
Mulayam is believed to
have convinced MLA Khan, who is the Muslim face of the party, in a
one-on-one that the wishes of majority of the MLAs should not be ignored.
He also spoke over phone to Samajwadi general secretary Mohan Singh, who
had not been for Akhilesh as chief minister.
The Samajwadi boss
has assured some senior leaders, who have reservations about being
ministers in Akhilesh’s team, that they would be given Rajya Sabha
Why Akhilesh desreves the mantle
He is 39 years old and entered politics in 2000 –not a very long time
for a politician. Yet he has already carved a niche for himself in Uttar
Pradesh politics and in a no other place but the traditional stronghold of
the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Indeed it is Akhilesh bhaiya who has
single-handedly changed the image of his father’s “goonda raj”
party. He changed his party’s fortunes with his spirited campaign before
and during the elections. Seen riding his party symbol, the cycle, wearing
a red cap, he was very much the face of the campaign.
already emerging as a strong contender against Congress scion Rahul
Gandhi. Comparisons are already being drawn between the sophisticated
Congress General Secretary and his more direct, articulate and talented
Yadav junior. The more successful he becomes, the more inevitable the
comparisions with the Congress heir Rahul.
Samajwadi Party agrees on Akhilesh as Chief Minister