After spurning the Congress’s invite to take part within the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Samajwadi Get together (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav attended the Bharat Rashtra Samithi’s recent show of strength in Telangana indicating that his get together is eager on an opposition entrance with out the Congress.
Mr. Yadav’s attendance in Khammam district in Telangana got here after he stated, in response to a query on his participation within the Uttar Pradesh leg of yatra, that the BJP and the Congress are the identical, whereas the SP’s ideology is totally different. Many individuals felt that it was immature of Mr. Yadav to have shut the door on a yatra that was geared toward uniting individuals and events towards the BJP. His subsequent letter to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, through which Mr. Yadav wrote that he hoped that the yatra would obtain its purpose, sounded extra like an afterthought and solely created ambivalence in regards to the get together’s subsequent transfer.
Just lately, on a go to to Uttarakhand, the SP president laid out his phrases for an alliance. If somebody asks him for seats in Uttar Pradesh, he stated, he would search constituencies in Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. This ‘someone’ may solely be the Congress.
Greater than ideology, what appears to be taking part in on Mr. Yadav’s thoughts is the previous. He has not forgotten the 2017 Assembly elections when he joined palms with Mr. Gandhi; the end result was disastrous. Furthermore, regional events that emerged out of Mandal politics within the cow belt proceed to hold an anti-Congress sentiment and consider that the Grand Outdated Get together will self-resurrect at their price.
Nonetheless, the shift in stance can create extra fissures within the SP’s alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) within the State. After the alliance lost Om Prakash Rajbhar to the BJP, it seems that the RLD, which is in an alliance with the Congress in Rajasthan, is negotiating with the nationwide get together in U.P. and Haryana too. Throughout the U.P. leg of the yatra, RLD president Chaudhary Jayant Singh selected to be on trip, however his presence may very well be felt within the huge present of assist by the RLD cadre for Mr. Gandhi. By preserving his choices open, Mr. Singh needs to cut price onerous for seats with the SP, which he couldn’t do within the Meeting polls.
With the Congress, the RLD may revive its previous demand of reservation for Jats in central authorities jobs in U.P. It may use this as an antidote to the BJP’s communal card within the sugar cane belt. A Jat-Muslim-Gurjar mixture may then be a decisive issue throughout elections. It was over the last leg of the Manmohan Singh authorities that the Jats of U.P. got reservation, however it was caught down by the Supreme Courtroom after the BJP emerged victorious in 2014.
After the U.P. Meeting polls final 12 months, a piece of Muslims felt that that they had supported the SP, which tactically remained silent on the neighborhood’s points, and would now prefer to vote for the Congress throughout the Lok Sabha polls supplied it exhibits some preventing spirit. At the moment, Mr. Gandhi was taking over the Modi authorities on-line. Now, he’s on the bottom speaking about opening retailers of affection and peace in a market of hate. If the Muslim votes shift to the Congress, it may grow to be a headache for the SP.
The Congress saved reminding journalists throughout the yatra that it’s not in U.P. to undercut its ideological companions, however solely to concentrate on pan-Indian points reminiscent of communal discord, unemployment and inflation. But, Mr. Gandhi chose to hold a big rally in Panipat, Haryana, which shares its boundaries and demographic profile with West U.P., and focus on reservation for the Different Backward Lessons (OBC), which his father didn’t assist in Parliament. With choose teams, he talked in regards to the Minimal Help Worth and the influence of the Agniveer scheme. It was not simply the larger-than-life cut-outs of Mr. Gandhi chewing sugar cane that attracted consideration but in addition the banners that marketed the OBC Morcha of the get together.
With Yogendra Yadav and Rakesh Tikait becoming a member of the yatra in Haryana, the occasion appeared like a cell model of the farmers’ protests on the Delhi border towards the farm legal guidelines in 2020-21. And when former State Congress president and grassroots chief Ajay Kumar Lallu stated that the ripples of the yatra can be felt in jap U.P. as nicely, the political ambition of the yatra may now not be denied.
Nonetheless, for now, the yatra may be thought of as only one political step in a State which has the very best variety of Lok Sabha seats.