Here's why Akhilesh Yadav is back in the Samajwadi Party

A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was expelled from the Samajwadi Party for six years by SP supremo and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, he has been reinstated in the party. The decision was announced after Akhilesh met his father this afternoon at the party chief’s residence.

According to reports, the meeting was organised by senior SP leader Azam Khan. Akhilesh’s close aide Ram Gopal Yadav, who was expelled alongside the chief minister yesterday, has been taken back as well.

Protests erupted after the young UP CM was expelled from the party, and though this move of reinstating was expected anytime, here a few reason why the SP supremo took this decision too soon:Risk

Risk of losing support of party cadre?

The decision of expelling Akhilesh sent shock waves across the state and the party cadre reacted quickly by coming onto the streets to show their anger. Slogans were raised against Mulayam and Shivpal Yadav for such stern decision and everybody could be seen demanding Akhilesh’s return.

With elections around the corner, it seems that the party high command didn’t want to irk their cadre.

Insecure over Muslim votes?

The party which is known for its strong base among Muslims, needs their support to win any election.
With the family feud out in the open, it was already being speculated that the Muslim votes might shift towards the Bahujan Samaj Party. At a time, when father and son are ‘fighting publicly’, it is easy to figure out that by reinstating Akhilesh, the SP wants to retain the Muslim voters.

Youths are with Akhilesh and not Shivpal

Youngsters in UP want development and employment opportunities rather than the old caste based politics. They can relate to Akhilesh’s agenda of growth and development. The kind of significant feats achieved by the UP CM at such a young age is inspirational for the coming generations and they see him as an ideal leader. At a time when voters are already confused over the political situation in UP, it seems that SP doesn’t want to lose out on the younger generation of the state.

Is it all a publicity stunt?

The family feud might be a scripted drama also. In order to bring Akhilesh into the limelight and project him as the leader of the public, it seems that Mulayam has scripted this feud very well.
Ever since this feud came out in the public, sympathy of the people is with Akhilesh and this will definitely help him and the party in elections.