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Congress raps Mulayam, tells him to decide on allies

PTI  New Delhi, March 29, 2013
First Published: 00:53 IST(29/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:55 IST(29/3/2013)

Congress on Thursday hit back at SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for accusing it of being “cheat and clever” telling Yadav to decide between supporting secular or communal forces at the centre.

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“We do not want to comment on the remarks of Mulayam Singh Yadav. He, himself, can explain it best. But only a few months back, Yadav shared the dais with the Prime Minister when the UPA’s report card on its three-year performance was released (last May).Now all of a sudden, he is criticising Congress and its leadership and appreciating L K Advani and the NDA,” party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters.

He was responding to Yadav’s comment in Etawah, UP, that Congress was “cheat and clever” and took people for a ride. Union Minister Manish Tewari also targeted the SP chief, whose 22 MPs in Lok Sabha are crucial for government. “We respect all our allies. Mulayam  knows in his mind that the basic polarisation in this country is communal versus secular forces. He will also have to decide which side he is on,” Tewari said.

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