New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll results are out and the 'cycle of hope' clearly has begun to pedal in the state. The electorate has dashed the aspirations of the Congress, who wanted to win back their lost legacy.
The main highlight during the elections was between the scions from the high profile houses of the Congress and the Samajwadi Party. Both the young guns were foreign educated and urban raised. However, the locals chose the SP, and the results clearly indicated that the masses only wanted to be present during Congress rallies.
Rahul loses the charm
Rahul Gandhi's dramatic act of tearing up a paper with a list of election promises of political opponents at a rally drew a sarcastic reaction among the people and the political parties. Meanwhile, 38-year-old Akhilesh, showed signs of refinement and calmness in his speeches attracting thousands in his rallies.
'Gen Next' Akhilesh
The main reason behind showcasing support on Akhilesh was his personal, earthy connect with the people of the state, while Rahul was taken as leader from Amethi and Rai Bareilly or one who dictated terms from the Centre. Akhilesh made sure that he will always be dutiful towards keeping the party roots intact plus giving it a sense of modernity.
'Young Yadav' also kept a check his words all throughout the high-voltage elections and even after that. Never did he make any inflammatory statements during the canvassing period. He was also media friendly and approachable. He studied at Dholpur Military School and later on pursued his Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore.
'Unhappy' Dalit and BJP's confusion:
The results clearly signify that the Dalits weren't too impressed with 'Behen', Mayawati. The BJP always maintained confusion in the state keeping them away from the race.
Bottom line: A one-man show, Rahul, failed to muster the opportunity of establishing himself as a mass leader of India’s most populous state while Akhilesh's planning and hard work impressed the common man.