While political pundits are busy in analyzing the chances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi return back in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and chances of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to replace him, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh has given clear hints that it would be either his father Mulayam Singh Yadav or BSP supremo Mayawati, who would be next Prime Minister.
He is confident that the next Prime Minister would be from SP-BSP alliance only. He was overwhelmed with the response the alliance is getting shattering the expectations of Uttar Pradesh to revive its 2014 excellent performance by winning 73 of 80 seats. Thought political observers felt that Mayawati can transfer her votes to SP, but it would be difficult for SP to transfer its votes to BSP. That was the main reason of the failure of SP-Congress alliance in 2017 assembly elections.
But surprising every one, the first three phases of polls indicates that both SP and BSP succeeded in transfer their votes to their alliance partner. If this observation is proved correct during counting of votes on May 23, the UP is bound to give surprising results, shattering hopes of BJP to return power at the center.
Several joint rallies addressed by SP-BSP top leaders have demonstrated the growing enthusiasm among cadre of both the parties. Addressing an election rally in Kannauj, from where his wife Dimple Yadav is contesting, Akhilesh and his ally Mayawati displaed solidarity. In fact, media reports noted how Dimple touched Mayawati’s feet at the venue. Interestingly, the two parties have been rivals since their very public spat in 1995.
However, ever since they came together this time, both party’s chiefs have repeatedly stressed that they were committed to working together. After over two decades, last week Mayawati shared the stage with SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. The two leaders didn’t see eye to eye since the infamous VVIP guest house case of 1995 where Mayawati and other BSP MLAs were held hostage by SP workers after the former decided to leave its alliance with SP.
However, at Mainpuri’s rally last week, the two leaders spoke highly of each other. While Mayawati called him a real leader, Mulayam said he would never forget her gesture of going to his constituency to campaign for him.
Meanwhile, as far as Kannauj is concerned, Dimple, the sitting MP, had won in 2014 despite the ‘Modi wave’. Pitted as she is against BJP’s Subrat Pathak, Dimple is likely to emerge victorious again with the BSP backing.