Bravado and public posturing notwithstanding, none of the major political players seems to be battle ready for the UP assembly elections slated for early 2017. With just a few months left for these parties to put their best foot forward and wow the voters in Uttar Pradesh, they seem to be too embroiled in their own internal affairs. The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), which has on more than two occasions said it is ready for the polls, is besieged with problems within the family.
While the “chacha-bhatija” (uncle-nephew) differences between PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav and CM Akhilesh Yadav are now part of the political folklore, the candour of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in publicly admitting party leaders and ministers in the government were busy “looting the people, land grabbing and in filling their pockets” has given enough political ammunition to the opposition. The recent suspension of many party leaders on charges of land grabbing and police complaints against leaders have only dented the ruling party further.