- The Attempt: Shivpal Yadav’s son-in-law IAS Ajay Yadav’s request for a deputation to UP was turned down thrice by the DOPT
- The Call: When all attempts failed, Mulayam Singh Yadav is said to have made a call to PM Modi regarding the issue
- The Diktat: Ajay Yadav’s request was treated “as a special case” and approved by the ACC, under the PMO’s directive
Ideologically, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) might appear to be antithetical, but on several occasions, they seem to be complementing each other’s interests—be it in playing a politics of polarisation that serves both electorally or on more personal fronts.
Whenever the BJP has risen to power, the SP has thrived. And just as the Sangh’s rabble-rousers raise heat and dust in the name of Hindutva, the SP finds it convenient to consolidate its Muslim vote bank. Sure enough, SP supremo Mulayam...