Both are foreign educated and raised in an urban set up, but are wooing rural voters with rustic charm. There are reports that the real war is between Akhilesh and Rahul in UP. While Rahul is a 41-year-old bachelor, Akhilesh is 38 and the father of three.
With Akhilesh being portrayed as the next gen of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Rahul embodies the fresh face of the Congress that is hoping to revive its lost glory in the state. Rahul has also managed to turn heads at the national level with his stand of party matters and fiery statements.
With Akhilesh shooting of rhetoric mooting for change in the state, his rallies are major crowd pullers in the state.
Rahul in an effort to dim Akhilesh's charm said, "I know Akhilesh. He speaks English, uses computers, but Mulayam Singh says that the poor in UP don't need computers or English. If that is so, why does Akhilesh speak English? Why does he use computers?"
Snubbing Rahul's charges, Akhilesh has been quoted as saying, "I am not against computers or English but I want preference for Hindi and Urdu."
With both the youngsters laying out their ammunition in battleground UP, there are fan following for both Rahul and Akhilesh. It remains to be seen if they have the political acumen in the biggest political circus.