The expectations from Akhilesh Yadav, surely the youngest chief minister of the most politically important and challenging state in the country, are sky high (Engineer From Saifai). Hopefully, he will stand true to his promises.
R.J. Khurana, Bhopal
For a man of 38 just cutting his teeth in the UP badlands to secure an impregnable majority for his party, humbling two major political parties and another young leader in the process, you have got to hand it to Akhilesh Yadav.
H.R. Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
Reassuringly, Akhilesh Yadav has made it clear that there is no place for goondas in his party. He did well to come out against the razing of Mayawati’s statues of Dalit icons. But the SP that he reinvented and led to victory will need to show its resolve to meet the challenge of keeping the Yadavs and its cadre under control.
G. David Milton, Maruthancode
Akhilesh Yadav neither had the BSP’s baggage nor the hackneyed approaches of the Congress and the BJP. An energetic youngster with a ‘can do’ attitude, his was a positive campaign. He avoided the insinuations and name-calling and it yielded massive electoral gains.
Milind Kher, on e-mail
Akhilesh is well-educated, practical and down-to-earth. Hope his ascension at such an early age won’t go to his head.
Mahesh Kumar, New Delhi
The SP’s victory in UP is not a win for Mulayam, his son or any social, political or developmental ideology. This is the victory of dirty communalism. Rahul Gandhi’s promise of raising the Muslim quota to 9 per cent was overshadowed by the SP’s 18 per cent proposal.
N.V. Sankaran, on e-mail
What differentiates Rahul and Akhilesh is the latter’s mature way of going about matters, without losing his cool even once. Rahul not only lost his temper, he even polarised communities.
Bal Govind, Noida
That Rahul’s efforts went in vain in Amethi and Rae Bareli is proof that voters wanted change and development, not populist causes and a family name. Akhilesh rises from the ashes, but he mustn’t allow hooliganism of the sort that cost his father the gaddi or corruption of the sort the Mayawati regime specialised in.
Janga Bahadur Sunuwar, Jalpaiguri
The Congress’s decades-old tact of glamorous Gandhi faces just won’t work anymore. Today’s generation is much too intelligent for that.
Sunil Nair, Delhi
Forget Rahul, Sonia and the Congress, what about India? Strong regional satraps may be good for their regions, but are they good for India?
Rohit Desai, Prospect, US
This guy must be sick. How come he says Hindi is the national language.?
He has hatred towards English and likewise lot of people in India have hatred towards hindi and are as passionate about their own language.
In the very first meeting of the Cabinet Akhilesh has decided to give Re 1000 per month to unemployed One Million UPites who are over 35 yrs and are jobless.The total cost to the exchequer will be 11,000 Crores per year .Another promise made in the Manifesto is to write off the loans to the Farmers .Total burden ultimately due these and other populist hare brained schemes will be Rs 65,000 Crores .Who will provide these funds ??
UPA will be forced to finance to get the support SP's 22 MPs' in Lok Sabha plus SPs' new entrants in Rajya Sabha from UP. Ultimately the Aam Indian will bear the cost of this mindless extravaganza .Mamta's revolt will be very costly for the poor Indians who will now bear the exorbitant costs to save the Manmohan Sarkar !
SP had promised freebees worth Rs 65000 Crores to farmers,unemployed and to Aam Janta in its manifesto.
There are massive Ques in front of Employment Exchanges by the Young persons to get them registered and become entitled for Rs 1000 per month grant till they are given a job by the Govt .Police Lathi charged at two to three places .
And people earnestly believe that Mulayam will fulfill the promises made.
How UP changed its mind : Sanjay Kumar
The SP’s impressive victory was made possible because it not only managed to retain its core support base among Muslims and Yadavs, it managed to make a heavy dent into the vote bank of other parties, mainly the BSP. It is not surprising that Muslim voters, who are sizeable in numbers (18 per cent of total population) voted for the SP in large numbers, it managed to win back the Muslim support lost during the last Lok Sabha election. The Congress, which got sizeable support among the Muslims during the 2009 Lok Sabha election, failed to hold on to it. The Yadavs remained polarised in favour of SP, though there was a marginal decline in their support. What really worked in their favour was a significant shift amongst the non-Yadav OBC voters, Kurmi and the Koeri and other OBCs who had voted for the BSP in large numbers in the 2007 assembly election "
There are Charts showing the voting pattern .Incidentally in Muslim majority areas though Muslims did not Vote for BJP yet it secured more seats than Congress due polarization of Hindu Votes .
Well this trend will multiply if unrestricted appeasement of Muslims and unending Hindu bashing by Seculars does not end .
And in the end what Muslims have got in the end ? Where are the concrete benefits to them and where are the largesse promised ?? On the other hand Hindus are becoming more and more polarized .
No minority will ever get benefits without the co-operation of the Majority specially which majority has already sacrificed a lot and even agreed for division of the Country to satisfy the minority .But problem was not solved even then .
Muslim Rehnumas and Hindu Rehnumas should sit together and find a solution how to resolve the issues which Politicians particularly of Secular variety failed rather failed by design to keep Muslims as Vote Banks in perpetuity .
Uttar Pradesh is India's largest state but it may not be large enough to contain Akhilesh Yadav.
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