UPs CM The suspense continues

UPs CM The suspense continues

By: || Updated: 07 Mar 2012 11:21 AM

Lucknow: The
Samajwadi Party has swept Uttar Pradesh and there are no two minds that it
will form the next government in the state. The party has already declared
that the oath-taking ceremony will take place on March 12. But there is
still no clarity on who will become the Chief Minister- SP Chief Mulayam
Singh or his son Akhilesh.

What is emerging is a clear rift in
the party between the choice of the father and son for the coveted post.
Yet, it seems more to do with the difference between two generations
rather than anything else. The young blood in the party is of the view
that it was the younger Yadav’s energy and raw appeal among the youth of
the state that helped script the party's success story. Seen riding his
party symbol, the cycle, wearing a red cap, he was very much the face of
the campaign.

But older factions within the party believe the
younger Yadav may be too young to handle a state as vast and complex as
this. Akhilesh said yesterday that his father's experience, political
wisdom and statesmanship was what UP needed at this hour.

In such
a situation the task is not easy for Mulayam, who has no inhibitions in
putting his son at the hem of affairs. The first is that if Akhilesh
becomes the Chief Minister, the old guard including the likes of Azam Khan
and Shivpal Yadav will take offence. This may lead to factionalism within
the party. However, if the opposite happens, the younger generation will
be miffed that Akhilesh did not get his due after relentless work and

A decision will be shared after Holi, most likely on
March 10, said party sources today. The new chief minister will be sworn
in most likely on Monday. Sources say Mulayam will use the next three days
to win consensus, crucial for conveying that the party believes in
democracy on internal matters.

"A majority of MLAs are in favour
of making Akhilesh the next CM. At the meeting of legislators, they will
put in their views on the issue," party national General Secretary Naresh
Agarwal had said earlier.  Sources say Mulayam will use the next three
days to win consensus.

Mulayam himself had indicated many times
during had indicated during elections that Akhilesh would be at the helm
in Lucknow while he would focus on Delhi and the General Elections of
2014. However, now Akhilesh himself wants his father as the Chief
Minister. The top question which everyone is asking is who will finally be
UP’s next Chief Minister. No body has any clear answer.

Also Read: Mulayam, Akhilesh meet UP governor

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