Relatives of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s “gurus” have gone the extra mile by campaigning for his daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav in the December 5 Mainpuri Lok Sabha election to ensure that the political legacy of Samajwadi Party founder remains intact.
In the bypoll prompted by the death of Mulayam Singh Yadav last month, Dimple Yadav has been deployed by the Samajwadi Party (SP) against BJP’s Raghuraj Singh Shakya. Udai Pratap Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s school teacher, and relatives of Nathu Singh, regarded as his political guru, had hit the campaign trail for the SP candidate and have expressed confidence that she will prevail from the seat, held five times won by the SP founder.
Ninety-one-year-old Udai Pratap, who was elected MP from Mainpuri twice in 1989 and 1991, said a large section of the electorate supported Dimple Yadav.
“For a few days now I have also been campaigning for her in this constituency, and if free and fair polls are conducted, she will win the by-poll,” he said, remembering the SP founder as a bright and intelligent student and a good sportsman.
Top SP leaders, including Dimple Yadav’s husband and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, waged an aggressive campaign for the bypoll to the seat that has been a stronghold of the party. Nathu Singh’s grandson Neeraj Yadav told PTI, “Our whole family is campaigning for Dimple Yadav in Karhal assembly segment which comes under Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency.” “We share a family bond with them. People will vote for her and she will definitely win the bypoll by a huge margin. She will also improve the ‘netajis’ (as Mulayam Singh Yadav was popularly known) 2019 victory margin,” he said .
Udai Pratap taught Mulayam Singh Yadav at Jain Inter College in Karhal, where the SP founder later joined as an assistant teacher and worked his way up to become a political science lecturer. The institution is one of the centers where a polling station will be held on December 5.
Yaduveer Narayan Dubey, director of Jain Inter College, told PTI, “He took admission into the college in class 9 in 1955, and in 1959 he passed class 12. Then he went to Etawah and Shikohabad (in Firozabad district) to pursue higher to pursue education. In 1963 he started working here as an assistant teacher.’ Then, in 1967, he became an MLA and took advantage of the opportunity to take unpaid leave when the Uttar Pradesh assembly was in progress. In 1984 the government introduced a rule that one person cannot work in two posts, after which he resigned here in 1984,” he said.
He joined as a teacher and taught most subjects, but later, when he became a teacher, he taught political science, Dubey said.
Established in 1945, the college provides quality education to children in this region and it is located just four kilometers from Saifai, the home village of Mulayam Singh Yadav, the principal said.
He added that when ‘netaji’ was a student, there were hardly any schools near his village.
‘Netaji’ always had a strong relationship with the college and its teachers, even when he became prime minister. Whether on a personal or political visit, he made sure to come and talk to students, Dubey said.
He said some students also had a family connection with ‘netaji’. “This is because children used to come here from villages nearly 15-20 kilometers away, and since netaji’s village was the center, many were connected to him,” Dubey said.
The principal also said that the assembly hall of the school, which is being built, is named after Mulayam Singh Yadav and known as ‘Mulyam Singh Prekshagrah’.
“We also have ‘netaji’s service book, his GPF book and the letter of approval when he was appointed as a teacher here. These documents are with us and we have kept them,” he said.
Mainpuri parliamentary constituency has five assembly segments: Mainpuri, Bhogaon, Kishni, Karhal and Jaswant Nagar. In the 2022 parliamentary elections, the SP won the seats in Karhal, Kishni and Jaswant Nagar, while the BJP won the seats in Mainpuri and Bhogaon.
While Akhilesh represents Yadav Karhal in the assembly, his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav is Jaswant Nagar’s MLA.
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