Lucknow, Sept 16: All eyes will be on Shivpal Yadav, the brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav. After truce attempts failed, Shivpal Yadav tendered his resignation. While Shivpal said that he would remain a foot soldier for the party, there are questions being asked whether he would float his own political outfit.
If Shivpal Yadav walks out of the party, then it would be a very big set back for the Samajwadi Party. If anyone realises his importance it is Mulayam Singh who had recently said in the presence of his son at a rally that if Shivpal quits then the SP would split.
Why is Shivpal important?
Those close to Mulayam Singh say that if Shivpal quits, then winning the elections in UP is next to impossible. In Uttar Pradesh, he is seen as an integral part of the SP and political experts say that he is only second to Mulayam in the party. While Mulayam focused on the big picture, it was Shivpal who dealt with the party workers on the ground.
Shivpal is not part of the party only because he is Mulayam's brother. Time and again he has proven his importance. Each time the SP has won in UP, Shivpal has played a very big role especially in mobilising votes from the remotest areas of the state.
Shivpal is cool, calm and gets the job done. He is a favourite with the party workers who are ready to go that extra mile to get the job done for him. With him in the party, Mulayam has hardly anything to worry about when it came to his party workers.
Party workers would approach Shivpal directly in case of a problem and none have complained about indifference as he was all ears each time.
The other important aspect is that Shivpal has managed to balance both the Yadav and Muslim workers in the party. Both communities are very crucial in UP.
To manage both communities well and ensure that they vote for the SP was always a job handled by Shivpal. While Akhilesh would be the face of the party in the forthcoming polls, there is a big question mark on his ability to mobilise the party workers.
When Akhilesh focused on the state capital, it was Shivpal who toured the state and interacted at the grassroot level. There is no doubt that Shivpal is far more popular than Akhilesh in the party.
Mulayam would be equally worried about his cadres losing interest in the absence of Shivpal who has been the go to man in the Samajwadi Party.