Who Says We Lost because We Sucked?

Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav.

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By now we all know how Lalu Prasad Yadav made a fool of himself when he said that all the exit polls in Uttar Pradesh elections (2017) that were predicting a victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were wrong and come the D-Day, the so-called 56" chest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi would shrink into a chest the size of 33".

As it happened, the BJP walked away with 325 of 403 seats leaving the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress alliance with a meagre 56 seats and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) with even more humiliating 19 seats.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

For the convenience of this discussion, let's call SP-Congress alliance in UP SP-Congress-RJD alliance for obvious reasons. Our own Lalu ji was so much concerned with the outcome of the UP polls as if he himself was going to be projected the new Chief Minister of our neighboring state on the west side. Or perhaps he was hoping his elder son, widely considered to be the less smart one of the two brothers, would be coronated instead of dashing, foreign-educated Akhilesh Yadav, the darling of the Yadav clan in UP.

However, this article is not about Lalu or his two 'highly qualified' sons who are vociferously defended by their mother, another political miracle of Bihar, anytime someone dares to question their ability, experience, or knowledge of anything. Instead, this article is about the former head honcho of SP and former Chief Minister of UP Mulayam Singh Yadav who, on Sunday in the aftermath of UP debacle, said that no one was responsible for the party's crushing defeat in the state elections.

Let that sink in for a minute! "No one was responsible for our defeat in UP".

"We got killed by the BJP but none of us is responsible for our embarrassing defeat. We are still the best choice in UP and we still have the mandate of the people but it is not our fault that we lost. It's the misfortune of the people of UP who chose to vote for the BJP instead of a progressive party like SP that believes in family, dynastic politics."

Isn't this what Mulayam essentially saying?

So, all the infighting between the baap-beta in one of the ugliest power struggles in the history of Uttar Pradesh just weeks before the opening of the polls did absolutely no damage to the credibility of the party? The fact that SP, in an act of desperation, chose to join hands with a former national party and its leader Rahul Gandhi, did play no role in the party's humiliation?

Whatever gets you through the night, dude! If that's what helps you sleep at night, then so be it. If saying 'Samajwadi Party is not just a party but an ideology', as Akhilesh Yadav said minutes after the poll results came out, helps you get through the day then may all the luck be with you. You will need it more than ever before.


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