“Bachpan mein, mera naam mujhe khud rakhna pada (When I was a child, there was no one to name me) In the same way, I think I will have to start my election campaign on my own, without waiting for anyone,” he said.
Due to feud in Akhilesh‘s family, the prospects of the party have landed in soup. But, for the second term Akhilesh showed confidence about returning to the office. “I am not being pompous. But, just like a perfect batsman whose runs flow from his bat and creates records. My unprecedented development work will ensure my return to power,” he said.
On being reminded that how his family feud has overpowered his development initiatives, he said “I reiterate that Akhilesh Yadav can be cornered for the time being, but cannot be defeated. People of the state have faith in me and they will return me to power to serve them. They have realised that if I can deliver so much despite being inexperienced, as branded by the Opposition, I would take the state to newer heights in my second innings.”
However he calls it a “media creation”, he admits that the “turn of events” was the reason he delayed his poll campaign “It all started on September 12, and now it is mid-October. So, by now, I should have hit the campaign trail. But the experience I have gathered in the 14 years that I have spent in hostel has taught me how to deal with all kinds of crises. Lohia’s ideals have taught me to struggle but without violence,” he said.
While accepting the fact that the older generation have a big contribution in building the party, he said “Who was arrested thrice in the BSP regime? It was me. Who had dared burn the effigy of Mayawati during her dictatorial regime when even school-going children were being thrown into the lock-up for raising their voice against her? It was me … The younger generation has equally upheld Lohia’s ideology and propagated his message and is still working hard for the same.”