Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav
With the political heat of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, ‘a pair of two boys from UP’ will once again be seen together. Even though the final approval on seat sharing between Congress and SP has not yet been given, Akhilesh Yadav has accepted the invitation to join Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. In this way, after seven years, the ‘couple of two boys from UP’ will be seen together on the streets of Amethi and Rae Bareli and will be seen raising the slogan of social justice.
Let us tell you that Akhilesh Yadav had indicated a few days ago that he would not participate in Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra’. Akhilesh had said in response to a question during the press conference that BJP-Congress do not invite us to their programs. Socialists have their own fight. Congress and BJP will not invite us to their program. He did not receive an invitation to join the yatra. Then Congress UP President Ajay Rai had said that invitation has been sent to Akhilesh. Also, Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh had said that after the route is decided, the allies will be informed about the yatra.
‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ will reach UP
Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ led by Rahul Gandhi will enter Uttar Pradesh from Chandauli district on 16 February. This yatra of Congress will last for 11 days in UP and will pass through 18 to 20 districts. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge had invited SP chief Akhilesh Yadav for Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra, which Akhilesh accepted on Tuesday. On behalf of SP, it has been said that Akhilesh Yadav will participate in ‘Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra’ in Amethi or Rae Bareli.
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Akhilesh Yadav accepted the invitation
Accepting the invitation of Congress, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav expressed hope that this ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ will enter Uttar Pradesh and connect with the strategy of PDA (Backward-Dalit-Minority) and our ‘social justice’ and ‘mutual Will take the movement of ‘harmony’ further forward. The team of India alliance and the strategy of PDA will write a new history of victory. In this way, Akhilesh will once again be seen doing a road show with Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul-Akhilesh will be seen together in Rae Bareli-Amethi
The ‘duo of two boys of UP’ will currently be seen in Amethi and Rae Bareli, but in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, they will be seen together in all the areas of the state. In such a situation, the question arises that how has SP chief Akhilesh Yadav agreed to participate in Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra. This is being said because Akhilesh Yadav has been avoiding sharing the stage with Congress and Rahul Gandhi since 2017.
Akhilesh did not participate in Bharat Jodo Yatra
When Rahul Gandhi’s last Bharat Jodo Yatra came to UP, an invitation was sent by Congress to Akhilesh Yadav to participate in it, but at that time Akhilesh did not participate. Akhilesh had distanced himself from Congress since the 2017 assembly elections in UP. Even in 2019, Congress was not included in the alliance and in 2022 also, it was staying away from Congress. Till now they were talking about maintaining distance from Rahul Gandhi’s second Bharat Jodo Yatra, but after Mallikarjun Kharge’s talk, they have agreed.
SP’s troubles will increase if Jayant joins BJP
Akhilesh Yadav has given his consent to join Rahul Gandhi’s Nyay Yatra at a time when there are reports of RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary’s alliance with BJP. If Jayant Choudhary really breaks the INDIA alliance and goes with BJP, then SP may have to face a lot of difficulties in Western UP. The population of Yadav community, which is considered the core votebank of SP in Western UP, is not significant, its entire dependence depends on Muslim votes.
Muslim community inclined towards Congress
At the same time, due to Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, the inclination of the Muslim community towards Congress has increased rapidly in the country. In the elections from Delhi MCD to Karnataka and Telangana, Muslims have unilaterally voted in favor of Congress. The roadmap of Rahul Gandhi’s second Bharat Jodo Yatra has been made in such a way, under which only Muslim dominated areas have been focused. The same strategy of Congress is visible from Assam to West Bengal, Bihar and UP.
Congress’s emphasis on Muslim areas
Last year too, Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra passed through Muslim dominated areas in UP, in which a large number of people from the Muslim community participated. This time Congress has included Muslim areas of the state in the route so that the political equation of 2024 can be smoothened. The Congress yatra will pass through Chandauli, Banaras, Bhadohi, Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Amethi, Rae Bareli, Lucknow, Sitapur, Lakhimpur, Shahjahanpur, Bareilly, Rampur, Moradabad, Etah, Kasganj, Aligarh, Mathura and Agra. Congress has made a strategy to contest elections on the seats of these areas in 2024.
SP is the largest party in the INDIA alliance in Uttar Pradesh, due to which Akhilesh Yadav is leading it. The political base of Congress and SP is based on only one vote bank, that is Muslim voters. SP knows very well that once the Muslim voters leave it and go to the Congress side, it will be difficult to bring them back. But, due to the political attitude and changing viewpoint of RLD, SP has become the political compulsion of Congress.
SP fears Muslim voters going away
SP is also afraid that if it maintains distance from Congress then Muslim voters may stay away from it. That is why Akhilesh Yadav has agreed to share the stage with Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the stronghold of the Gandhi family, where SP has not contested since the 2009 elections. Akhilesh does not want to give Congress a chance to emerge again in UP, due to which he has made a strategy to maintain distance outside Amethi and Rae Bareli. However, on the pretext of Amethi and Rae Bareli, will a pair of two boys from UP be seen in the state after seven years?