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Akhilesh Yadav’s politics has fallen silent. ‘UP ka ladka’ must hit the headlines

4 25 13

The last few months have been among the best for the Opposition in a long time — giving it a plethora of reasons to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. And yet, conspicuous by his silence and the absence of any overt projection of speaking up against his political rivals has been former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Where is the young Yadav? Why is he keeping such a low profile when elections in his state are not even two years away? Why is he not aggressively visible during this crucial time, especially when his last two electoral outings were absolute debacles and he needs to lap up every possible chance to prove his worth as a leader?

Akhilesh Yadav’s problem is that apart from the initial euphoria around him, given his youth and grounded appeal, nothing much has worked in his favour. He became too used to crutches — first his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncles, then the Congress and then the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) — and now without a pole, seems rudderless. His ‘remaining in the shadows’ at this crucial juncture isn’t quite helping matters.

While Akhilesh remains in ‘crutches’, an ailing Mulayam Singh Yadav showed up on the first day of the ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament.

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Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have changed the rules of politics. Working quietly and behind-the-scenes is no longer the norm for any ambitious leader (people like Naveen Patnaik are rare aberration). One has to be loudly heard and widely seen in this era of hyper-communicative, hyper-visible and hyper-connected politics, especially for someone like Akhilesh, who needs to put his not-so-glorious recent past behind, reinvent himself and project the image of being a strong challenger to the BJP.

Akhilesh Yadav, however, has all but vanished from both news and mind space. Even the more erratic and prone-to-disappearing Rahul Gandhi has managed to sustain an aggressive campaign against the Modi government. The last six months have been all........

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