For last two decades few players in political arena had dominated the scenes as chief of Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav had. He is the shrewdest politician of recent times and his political acumen has outsmarted many of political heavyweights. If one can recount the history he was the person responsible to stop the smooth riding of Congress chief Smt Sonia Gandhi to 7, Race course road in 1999 when after the fall of First NDA Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpaee he did not give the letter of support to president for Sonia Gandhi. In 1999 Mulayam Singh Yadav surprised everyone and political pundits by declining to support the Sonia led Government and it was speculated that he did not support Sonia Gandhi because he himself was aspiring for the top post of the country.
If we can recount the history it is not impossible to decipher the political ambitions of Mulyam Singh Yadav. For a long time his cherished dream had been to acquire the top post of the country and in this process he has been chasing the utopia of non Congress, non BJP alternate of third front.
The so called experiment of third front never existed as it has been dreamt by Mulayam Singh Yadav. In 1989 it was the anti congress format which came in existence with support of left and right to keep congress away from the power and in the era of 1996 to 1998 it became reality with support of Congress. Now people like Mulyam Singh Yadav describe the current politival scenario as more fractutured as two major national parties could pave the way for regional satraps to come together and form an alliance. This utopia has not only raised the ambitions of few regional leaders but also have given food for thought to our political analysts to think on this possibility. For last one year the possible post 2014 political scenario has been discussed in the background of growing stature of regional straps along with the erosion of the authority of centralized polity in country.
In the wake of this perception few developments could be analyzed which has happened in recent days. Chief of Samajwadi party Mulyam singh Yadav has showered some praise for BJP leaders and BJP has responded with equal warmth. This development has heated the political debate and emergence of new political arithmetic has also been sighted into it.
But the whole story is not as simple as it seems. This is not the first time when Mulyam Singh Yadav has said something about BJP and its ideology . He has been saying it since the days of Atal Bihari Vajapee government that if BJP amend itself they can come together. By saying this Mulayam Singh Yadav gives signal to his core ideological constituency that he is leader of such a stature who can set the agenda for other political parties also and he cannot be counted merely as regional leader but he is the leader of ideological division .
Everyone is wondering why Mulayam Singh Yadav has showered praise on the senior leader of BJP L K Advani and even on his complaint rebuked to his son and his government.
Just after this development in a programme in Maharashtra he floated the idea of third front and read obituary for the era of one party rule.
Since Mulyam Singh Yadav has praised the BJP leader and criticized the UPA Government some of the BJP leaders are very happy and read it as their endorsement for the non performance of UPA regime. If it is the case it shows the utter immature political calculations from the side of BJP.
Mulyam Singh yadav want to hit the several birds with one stone.
He is trying the exploit the inner power struggle within BJP and expose it as a party which is not so united and prepared to become the alternate of Congress led government and also it will ignite the secular and non secular debate within NDA and BJP will find it difficult to projet one leader for the upcoming general elections and Mulyam Singh Yadav knows it very well that without projecting a leader BJP will have lesser chance particularly in Uttar Pradesh.
Mulayam Singh Yadav playing with his shadow. Since the days of Ram Temple movement and emergence of BJP he has been given highest regard and stature within secularist for reducing the tally of BJP in the largest state and making it marginal player in state politics. He want to remind the secularist of country and politicians that he can repeat it again in the case Narendra Modi is being projected from the BJP as its leader.
Mulayam Singh Yadav want to give a message to Congress as well that in the larger interest of secularism they should have limited say in Uttar Pradesh as why he targeted his long time associate and friend Beni Prasad Varma.
Mulyam Singh Yadav has been a wrestler and knows the maneuverings more than any one. He is applying all his experience in politics and as a shrewd and senior politician he has realized that general elections will prove to be the last nail in the coffin of fractured and decentralized polity.
He is trying to play with his shadow and doing everything to fulfill his long cherished dream to reach at the top post of the country.