Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday attacked the Congress over the food security ordinance, accusing it of indulging in vote bank politics and said its intentions were not good.
As Lok Sabha elections are near, the Congress is bringing the ordinance like it had brought the rural employment scheme MNREGA before the previous polls, he said.
"The ordinance has been brought keeping in mind Lok Sabha polls...The intentions of Congress are not good and my party would look into it and see that interest of farmers is not harmed. Congress is only doing vote politics...", Yadav told reporters here.
"Over five lakh people died, mostly in Maharashtra, due to starvation.....why the government did not distribute food grains to them then...the condition of the Congress is not good in the entire country and the ordinance is a mere propaganda", Yadav alleged.
Noting that the Parliament session was scheduled this month, he said the matter could have been discussed in the House.
Yadav said his party had some apprehensions on the ordinance, and he would like to clear them. "We will clarify whether it will keep the interests of farmers in mind or not, besides providing advice to give free wheat to people, instead of charging Rs 2-3 per kg for them", Yadav said.
"We are alert and farmers are alert too. We will read the entire ordinance and will do the needful", he said.
Asked why the SP was supporting the UPA government when it did not agree with Congress policies, Yadav said that he was not part of the UPA and was supporting it only to keep communal forces at bay.
"When the nuclear deal was done, we were promised it would be used for power generation and making atom bombs ...both of which did not happen", Yadav said.