In the presidential election, NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu got 287 out of 282 votes in Uttar Pradesh which was a surprise. A gap of eight votes to the 119 votes of UP’s joint opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha is raising questions over Akhilesh Yadav’s political foresight.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s bad times are not changing. At present, the wounds of Samajwadi Party’s defeat in the by-elections of two Lok Sabha seats have not dried up and the presidential election has once again opened the wounds of Akhilesh Yadav. The opposition unity that the SP president was talking about in the presidential election was completely tarnished. The presidential election also saw open rebellion by SP MLA Shivpal Singh Yadav and associate Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SubhaSP) president Omprakash Rajbhar. The results of the presidential election have made it clear that apart from Shivpal Yadav and Om Prakash Rajbhar, there are some other conspiracies present in the SP alliance.
In the presidential election, NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu got 287 out of 282 votes in Uttar Pradesh which was a surprise. UP joint opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha’s eight-vote gap to 119 votes raises a question mark over SP president Akhilesh Yadav’s political foresight. Not only is Akhilesh lagging behind in the electoral battle, he has also not been able to spread his knots well on the political front, due to which his allies are falling away one after the other. First a great team came out, now Omprakash Rajbhar is creating trouble. Uncle Shivpal Yadav leaves no chance to antagonize his nephew right from the start.
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Significantly, in the presidential election, the value of votes of legislators from the 403-seat assembly of Uttar Pradesh was the highest at 208. Hence, the votes of this state were watched by both the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the opposition. It was initially believed that NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu would get the votes of 273 MLAs from the BJP alliance, while the Congress vote figure for joint opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha was 127, including 125 from the SP alliance. BSP chief Mayawati had earlier spoken of her support as Draupadi is a Murmu tribal woman. Thus a system of 274 votes was created due to one vote of BSP coming with NDA. Loktantrik Jansatta Dal’s Raghuraj Pratap Singh also announced his two votes for Murmu, taking the tally to 276, but retained 127 votes for the SP alliance, including two votes from the Congress.
Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha also had high hopes from UP, but his hopes were dashed when Draupadi Murmu came to Lucknow to seek support. Suddenly, SP chief’s uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav and SubhaSP president Omprakash Rajbhar reached the chief minister’s official residence and openly rebelled against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in support of the NDA candidate. With this, a total of seven votes, including one for Shivpal and six for Subhasap, slipped away from the opposition. However, Akhilesh was no less guilty for this, because when Yashwant Sinha came to Lucknow and held a meeting with the SP chief, Akhilesh did not invite Omprakash Rajbhar and Shivpal Yadav to the meeting, only RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary was invited. . From here Omprakash Rajbhar lost his cool. After this it seemed that Yashwant Sinha would get the votes of 120 MLAs from the SP alliance and the Congress. However, on the day of polling, SP MLA Nahid Hasan did not turn up to cast his vote, depriving Yashwant of one more vote. A total of 282 votes were expected in Murmu’s favor as Subhaspa’s Abbas Ansari also did not vote, but the election results again rang alarm bells for Akhilesh.
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However, the election is over, but the political corridors are questioning what the SP has achieved by supporting Yashwant Sinha. Opinions of experts are divided in this regard. Some political pundits are taking Akhilesh Yadav’s move as a sign of Mamata Banerjee, who is emerging as an alternative to the Congress, going national. In the 2022 UP elections, Mamata Banerjee sought votes for Akhilesh Yadav from the SP platform. In such a situation, the announcement of his support in the presidential election is being considered as a step taken in return for that support.
It is also necessary to remind here that Akhilesh Yadav stood in support of NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the 2017 presidential election. At that time all the major political parties of the state rose above party interest and supported the leader who came out of Kanpur. Along with Bharatiya Janata Party, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav were also seen together. After this a big change was seen in the politics of the state. It was the coming together of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Both the parties contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections together. BSP benefited a lot from this. In 2014, BSP won 10 parliamentary seats in 2019. However, like in 2014, in 2019 too, the SP had to be satisfied with five seats. After this the SP-BSP alliance broke up and both went their separate ways. That is why when the SP supported Yashwant in the presidential election, the BSP was with Draupadi Murmu.
– Ajay Kumar