Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said ministers and Samajwadi Party leaders must mind their conduct if the party dreamt of doing well in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav paying floral tribute to party ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia in Lucknow on Friday.
Mulayam veiled warning came a few hours after minister of state for revenue Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh became the first minister to be shown the door for his alleged role in abduction of Gonda CMO.
Addressing party leaders, workers and ministers on the 46th death anniversary of party ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia, Mulayam said: “West Bengal has 42 Lok Sabha seats and Tamil Nadu has 49. Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalitha won’t bag all the seats in their respective states. But, if the SP bags 60 or even 50 seats of the total 80 in UP, then it would surpass all of them. The Congress and the BJP would not get a clear mandate.”
Coming back on indiscipline, Mulayam reminded UP ministers that they were here because of the youth members of the party. “Each minister is under my scanner. Nothing is hidden from me,” he said while asserting that the SP was no more a 'boodhi' party (comprising only old people). It is a ‘Naujawano ki party’ with youth all over in it.”
Before Mulayam spoke, heads of various youth wings of the party — Sunil Yadav, Sanjay Bhadauria, Rajpal Kashyap, Nafees Ahmed —promised that they would continue to work towards ensuring that Mulayam got to unfurl the tricolour on the ramparts of Red Fort as the prime minister.
During his speech, Mulayam spoke on the importance of keeping promises. “Never go back on one’s promise. Lohia was against Vaadakhilafi (breaking promise). Think before you make a promise. Once made, a promise must be kept.”
He said the party must go into the Lok Sabha elections riding on the performance of the UP government and conduct of its ministers. If fingers were pointed at a minister, the party would weaken.
“People are smart and nothing can remain hidden from them. That’s why the last government had to exit. If ministers engage in misconduct and make money, then it would lose mandate,” he said.
He said, “People should feel the difference between the last government and the present one.”
Mulayam said the ministers must meet people. “A visitor must not get replies such as Mantriji is in the bathroom or Mantriji is doing Puja or he just left for his office or he is in a meeting,” said Mulayam while claiming the Congress ministers used to make such excuses. Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said his government would take decisions in favour of the poor people. “If we are giving unemployment allowance, then we would also create jobs,” he said.