Ground Report: For UP 'pan-wallahs', Samajwadi Party is winning the assembly elections

People feel that the family feud within Samajwadi Party will not affect the political aspirations of CM Akhilesh Yadav
Amid election fever in Uttar Pradesh, the confusion over the next reigning government is prevailing across the state. The election, the political parties involved and of course, its outcome has been the talk of the town. While for some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the choice, others think that the family feud within the Samajwadi Party will not affect the political aspirations of the young CM Akhilesh Yadav.
While UP politics has become the most talked about topic, the pan-wallahs, who are pretty popular in UP, have already formed their opinion about who should form the next government. Generally, these pan-wallahs think that Akhilesh Yadav will once again bring Samajwadi Party to power as his development work is quite visible across the state.
“Akhilesh has a clean image, he has developed the state in such less time. The family feud is their internal matter and the voters know that the best option they have is Akhilesh. Samajwadi Party will form the government,” said Ravi Kumar who has been running a pan-shop since past 20 years.
“I serve pan to at least 500 people per day and I keep discussing the political situation with my customers. The one thing that I’ve observed is that people love Akhilesh. He has emerged as a very good leader and I guess SP will win the elections if voters don’t shift their base to BSP due to the family feud,” said Nisar Ahmad.
“After 2012, UP has changed. Development is quite visible in the state and all the credit goes to Akhilesh. People want to give him a second chance as he is fighting with his family for the welfare of the people of his state. He will become the CM once again,” said another shopkeeper Manoj Mishra.
While most of the pan shop owners have voiced their support of Akhilesh, a few people think that BSP will come to power. The major reason behind SP’s ousting can be UP’s deteriorating law and order situation.
“BSP is the best choice. We can do our business with ease and without fearing the goons of the Samajwadi Party. The SP leaders are not politicians, but hooligans. Abki Baar BSP sarkar,” says Santosh Tripathi.
“Under the BSP government, the police works hard for our security but under the SP government since policemen are mostly ‘Yadavs’ they consider themselves as the CM and misbehave with us. They want everything for free, and business can’t run like this. BSP will come to power this time, people are irked over the law and order situation,” said Ajay Nigam.
With the father-son duo fighting over the party symbol cycle and BSP struggling due to demonetisation, only time will tell who will win the crucial assembly elections.