Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has decided to shed any pretension of being respectful towards the elders in his family when it undermines his political career. In a letter addressed to his father and the patriarch of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), Akhilesh categorically stated that he would rather hit the campaign trail on November 3 rather than attend the party’s 25th anniversary celebrations two days later. Here are four reasons why the chief minister had done the right thing.
Firstly, the last two years have witnesses a spurt in developmental projects taking shape in the form of Agra-Lucknow expressway, Lucknow Metro, four-lane road linking 44 district headquarters among others. This has given a huge makeover to Akhilesh’s image as a man who has started delivering on his promised agenda. Ultimately, SP will have to go to the people with the work done by Akhilesh Yadav’s government so it is logical for the chief minister to chart his own campaign.
Secondly, Akhilesh Yadav at 43 years of age still remains the youngest chief ministerial candidate of any major party in the state. There is 60-year-old Mayawati from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 78-year-old Sheila Dikshit from Congress while BJP will bank on 66-year-old Narendra Modi’s appeal during the election campaign. This is important because Uttar Pradesh is also the youngest in terms of population with a median age of 20 years.
Thirdly, Akhilesh has won accolades for trying fix law and order situations by launching UP 100 and Twitter Seva.
Finally, the fact is that Akhilesh Yadav is still the most popular leader of SP. The latest instance is a survey which shows that 27% of the people prefer Akhilesh as chief minister, and there is no denying that his clean and youthful image has gone a long way in establishing Akhilesh as a crowd-puller. Another sample survey done showed 80% women in four districts of Agra Division acknowledged Akhilesh’s efforts to make life safer for women in the state.