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Video: Is Akhilesh Yadav trying to come out of his father's shadow?

Akhilesh Yadav may have said that he has no plans to quit Samajwadi Party, but a campaign video featuring the Yadav scion and his family ( wife Dimple and two daughters) indicates that he is

India TV Politics Desk, Lucknow [ Published on: October 27, 2016 13:43 IST ]
Akhilesh Yadav video
Akhilesh Yadav video

Akhilesh Yadav may have said that he has no plans to quit Samajwadi Party, but a campaign video featuring the Yadav scion and his family ( wife Dimple and two daughters) indicates that he is trying to break free of his party's archaic legacy.

Interestingly, the video features neither Samajwadi party nor his father-mentor Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The video opens with the pledge: "Every day I commit myself to the future of Uttar Pradesh". Cut to Akhilesh at the breakfast table, with wife Dimple Yadav and their children. Family, people and progress are a constant theme. "Uttar Pradesh, India... My family" is the final message.

In a departure from the usual amabassador, the UP CM is seen arriving at his office in a Mercedes SUV.

Earlier, anything costlier than khadi was considered an electoral risk.

Inside the posh new office, there is a telling shot of a pensive Akhilesh looking out his office window at the old assembly building right across.

In slow-mo, he talks to students, waves at crowds, faces a battery of cameras, assesses schemes, all in a day's work.

The video has impressive aerial shots of the new state secretariat.

He distributes relief material to Muzaffarnagar riot victims - a far subtler version of the Samajwadi's pro-Muslim pitch.

For a party whose appeal is seen as limited to rural UP, the campaign video has an urban appeal, a sign that Akhilesh, an environmental engineer, 

As the video ends, the Chief Minister is interrupted by his children during a meeting. He drops everything to play cricket with them.

At last, the video highlights the pro-people policies launched by the UP government including laptop distribution scheme,Samajwadi pension scheme,Lohia Awas Hosuing scheme,kanya Vidya Dhan scheme.

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