The reelection of youth Icon charismatic socialist leader Akhilesh Yadav for Presidentship of Samajwadi Party, Asia’s largest socialist party, was a foregone conclusion. Who could have the cudgel to contest against the colossal figure whose popularity level is higher than that of any other political figures in India today.
Of course, Akhilesh is enjoying more public approval ratings than that of Narendra Modi and his own father and socialist Patriarch Mulayam Singh, who once ruled the hearts and minds of people like an undisputed mass leader.
Sealing the issue of leadership in the city of majestic marble monument, Taj Mahal, young gun Akhilesh moves to the next stage of scripting the success formula for the party in forthcoming two big and crucial elections– First will be Parliamentary polls in 2018-19 and the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2021-22.
Amidst sea of red-cap wearing workers in the sprawling Telegraph ground of Agra, everyone was conscious of the larger-than-life cut-outs of patron Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, Akhilesh cleared the clouds of confusion by saying with firmness and authority in his tone that he has spoken with Netaji (dear leader & father ) and he has given his blessings to the 10th Convention and the amendment to the constitution.
Later in the afternoon when Dimple Yadav, First Lady and Kannauj Member of Parliament rose from her seat to address the gathering, she also emphasised on the blessings from Netaji. She said, “Netaji has blessed me, Akhilesh and the entire party.” Her brief speech was remarkable for her sensitivity towards growing atrocities against women of the state. Especially about the Yogi government lathicharge on girl students of BHU, she sounded quite worried in solidarity message.
Another great news of relief and reconciliation was reported on Twitter when former cabinet minister and uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav congratulated Akhilesh on the second term. Quite a magnificent gesture of the dissident leader!!
However, Agra Convention became the first in party’s 25 years history when towering founding members, Mulayam Singh and Shivpal Singh Yadav were not present.
Moving the political and economic resolution, veteran Parliamentarian Prof Řàm Gopal was quite convincing in his speech. He launched scathing attack on the Modi’s government. In the centre of speech was Modi’s economic blunders, which has created the monster of unemployment at the highest level, leaving youths, farmers and small traders in the pitiable conditions.
The resolution focused on the terror of Gau or Cow vigilantes, nightmares borne out of demonetisation and GST mess and the flop show of the BJP government in containing terrorist activities in Kashmir and reclaiming India’s territory under foreign occupation, such as Aksai Chin and PoK.
Of all the speakers, Azam Khan revelled the crowd with his characteristics style as he took potshots at both Modi and Yogi. “I have said this many times about the badshah (emperor–satirical reference to Modi’s megalomaniac attitude) of India. A badshah doesn’t lie and one who lies is not a badshah.”
While targeting Yogi Adityanath, Azam said, “Our ideal is neither Mughals nor Nathuram Godse. Řàm and Krishna are ideals of Muslims in the country. Yogiji, will you come out and say whether your ideal is Mohammad?”
Taj Mahal was the constant motif in many speeches. Firebrand speaker Javed Abidi came down very hard on the Yogi’s government decision to drop the famous monument from the tourism booklet. He said, “There are only two beautiful things in Uttar Pradesh, Taj Mahal and Akhilesh Yadav. Yogi Adityanath appears to have problem with both of them.”
At end of the day, it was certainly a proud moment for tens of thousands of delegates to witness the coronation of a young Akhilesh as the president.