Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh has underestimated the potential of his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, who has bounced back despite the hurdles placed before him. Akhilesh seems to have pre-empted all these moves and has now left his father high and dry and nowhere for his future political career. Dynasty politics has its disadvantages. Seniors in the party must have some inkling of the working style, skills and expectations of younger leaders who are in power. There could be meaningful course correction on some vital issues without significant interference from them, but for them to expect to ‘remote control’ the administration altogether can prove dangerous. Politics is a different animal. It is high time that Akhilesh Yadav who has full support from his party leaders must rule the state with iron hand.
— Thadani B.B., Mumbai