The alliance is already getting a tough fight in the state from the BJP and BSP.
With one community leader after the other backing the BSP chief, it all appears stage-managed.
For UP CM, the enemy number one is no longer BJP or BSP, but his uncle - and father Mulayam.
No one is willing to write off the Samajwadi Party patriarch just yet.
The SP chief has boldly stated that the UP CM does not have his endorsement for decisions taken against his will.
The young CM wants to concentrate on campaigning for other candidates, but this also shows his confidence has dipped.
People feel the phrase was coined to deflect the voters' attention from core issues.
Unlike the UP CM, SP cadres feel her excellent connect with women should be utilised to the hilt.
A father trying to avoid his son at public platforms is, perhaps, sending wrong signals at this juncture.
Despite the Samajwadi Party banking heavily on the Lohia legacy, issues of social justice did not figure in UP CM’s speech.