Mayawati's legacy

The old order changeth? Not really. At least in Akhilesh Yadav’s Uttar Pradesh, bureaucrats believed to be partial to the erstwhile Mayawati regime still apparently wield tremendous clout despite Behanji’s exit from power. Certainly, observers say, enough clout to manage prime positions in what would be termed as a ‘hostile’ regime.
Akhilesh’s stint as Chief Minister continues to be shaky, as pro-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) babus are openly flouting his orders, causing much embarrassment to the newbie Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav. Recently the order to shut commercial establishments and shopping malls by 7 p.m. to save power was apparently issued without consulting Akhilesh. It was revoked within 24 hours after a public outcry. Interestingly, a faction in the party has been blaming Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani for the situation. Usmani, they allege, is a stickler for rules and refuses to consider the political aspects of the situation. Not a very happy situation for the young and ambitious Akhilesh Yadav. n

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