Akhilesh Yadav plans to challenge PM Modi ahead of ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra 2.0’


As the Lok Sabha elections approach, political dynamics are shifting, with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi set to kick off the Bharat Jodo Yatra 2.0, stretching from Porbandar, Gujarat to Agartala, Tripura. The yatra holds significance for Uttar Pradesh (UP), a crucial state due to its political importance and potential for electoral realignment. Expected attendees include Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal President Jayant Chaudhary.
Yadav is strategically positioning himself as a leading opposition figure in UP ahead of this journey. He plans to initiate a Socialist Development-Employment Journey in Kannauj on August 6th and orchestrate a large-scale bicycle ride in Prime Minister Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, aiming to attract public attention.
While Yadav remains open to forming alliances with Congress or other parties, he is eager to consolidate his anti-BJP vote bank and preserve his stature as the main opposition force in UP. He’s cautious about new political alliances and aims to avert any leadership infringement on his home turf.
Yadav’s electoral maneuvers reveal a strategic aversion to letting others capitalize on his party’s political clout. Past alliances, including those with the Congress in 2017 and the Bahujan Samaj Party in 2019, were damaging to SP’s position, leading to diminished legislative representation.
Given these experiences, Yadav’s strategy is to focus on presenting SP as the alternative to BJP in UP, a maneuver aimed at keeping the party’s and his political prominence intact. His strategic moves underline the intensely competitive atmosphere leading up to these pivotal Lok Sabha elections.