Political churn within Mulayam Singh family
It might make for a pretty picture, but everything is not all hunky-dory in Uttar Pradesh’s first family.
While Akhilesh Yadav’s government in Uttar Pradesh is already battling detractors, there is ‘bahu’
trouble brewing in Lucknow’s 5, Vikramaditya Marg.
Second-time parliamentarian, Kannauj MP, mother of three and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife, Dimple Yadav is the individualistic one. But she also prefers to remain within the limits drawn by her husband and her father-in-law. The younger daughter-in-law, Aparna (Prateek Yadav’s wife) on the other hand, follows free will. Recently, Aparna Yadav made headlines when she openly praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Her comments raised a few eyebrows but the family’s lips were sealed. Considering the beating that Samajwadi Party took during the Lok Sabha elections, a few insiders were not too happy with the younger bahu’s Modi’s praise. The incident was a clear indication of the power struggle going on inside the Yadav family.
An unapologetic Aparna, who is still not a primary member of the party, embarrassed the party leadership further by saying that praising the Prime Minister was her individual decision and she was well within her rights. The family patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who does not believe in women’s involvement in politics, is in quite a pickle. The party supremo was at unease when the younger son Prateek announced that his wife Aparna might be interested in joining politics. In fact, the senior Yadav objected to Dimple’s entry into politics.
“In fact, Mulayam wants Prateek to join politics. Now Prateek wants to stay away from politics and wants to launch his wife. This will certainly make Mulayam uncomfortable. Things are not going well in the Yadav family on this issue because Akhilesh doesn’t want any comparison in the family,” an SP leader disclosed.
Aparna Yadav saying that compared to her husband who leaned more towards business, she was not averse to politics.
“I am not contradicting the possibility… I have been a student of political science and have been a political observer for long.”
A graduate from Manchester University, daughter of a former journalist Arvind Singh Bisht, Aparna Yadav does not get as much traction as the elder bahu Dimple. The party members hail Dimple ‘Bhabhi’ and raise slogans whenever she appears during a party rally.
A veteran SP leader, SP Yadav said that Dimple has matured in politics. “Earlier she (Dimple) was quite shy, but now she is mature. She raises sensitive issues in a good manner. She always respects party seniors and workers.”
But party members are not too aware of the younger daughter-in-law. “We know her as a family member of our leader,” Yadav added. But Aparna is making all efforts to change her image outside and within the party. Aparna has hired a private PR agency and is getting involved in issues of women empowerment — an area which has been dominated by Dimple till now.