“Dosti” with Rahul..! What is Akhilesh hinting at?

Rajat Kain

Rahul Gandhi n Akhilesh Yadav stylistic 1Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has stirred more than a speculation. Speaking of the political opponent who is on a vast 2500-kilometer campaign trial for the elections due in near six months time, the incumbent has come up with only the praises. Seldom has politicians praised the rivals so generously and gotten away without sparking conjectures in overabundance.

With the political landscape of the state headed into an election season, the speculation therefore has been set on a running.

Calling Rahul Gandhi a good human being, Akhilesh Yadav said the two quadragenarian leaders can forge a “friendship”. He, however, stopped short of even suggesting any political alignment.

Rahulji bahut acche insan hain, bahut acche ladke hain. UP me jyada rahenge to hamari bhi dosti unse hogi…do acche log mil jaye to kya kharab baat hai? (Rahul is a good human being and a good boy. If he spends more time in UP, we can also have friendship with him…If two good human beings meet, what’s wrong in that),” he said when the press pack sought his reaction on Rahul Gandhi’s on-going campaign in the state.

Gorakhpur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi waves at the supporters during his Kisan Yatra road show in Uttar Pradesh.  Photo - PTI

Gorakhpur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi waves at the supporters during his Kisan Yatra road show in Uttar Pradesh.
Photo – PTI

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Kisaan Mahayatra’ and ‘Khaat Sabha’ have off-late generated interest, including over the trivial issue of locals taking away the cots after Gandhi’s farmers’ meeting at Deoria.

Asked about the chances of SP-Congress coalition, he could only reply, “Aap isme rajniti kyun dekh rahe hain (Why are you seeing politics in it?”

For the fact, during his ongoing ‘Kisan Mahayatra’, the Congress vice president has aggressively taken on the BJP, which is ruling at the Centre, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has attacked the latter over issues ranging from farmers vows, agrarian crisis, price rise to surge pricing system in the railways now.

But the Congress No. 2 has been more than sparing on the incumbent, taking only veiled jibes at Akhilesh Yadav government.

Though there is still at least six months to go for the polls, plenty of time for Gandhi to train guns at Samajwadi Party, it will keenly seen if and when Rahul Gandhi expands the locus of his attack from the BJP.

Till then Akhilesh’s premonition on “friendship” with Rahul will certainly stir the nest of speculations.