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How will Akhilesh ride cycle to Lucknow, Mulayam has punctured it, says Rajnath

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asked how will Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reach Lucknow as Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav has punctured the ‘cycle’.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 28, 2017 01:38 IST
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Home minister Rajnath Singh addresses an election rally in Azamgarh ahead of the fifth phase of polling in UP.
Home minister Rajnath Singh addresses an election rally in Azamgarh ahead of the fifth phase of polling in UP.(PTI)

Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav has punctured the ‘cycle’, while Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s feuding uncle Shivpal has broken its chain, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.

“I really wonder how Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh will reach Lucknow riding the damaged cycle,” he said at an election rally, making fun of the ruling party’s election symbol.

Singh, however, claimed that the atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh was conducive to blooming of the ‘lotus’ -- the BJP’s poll symbol.

“Parties like SP, BSP and Congress have created muddy pools throughout the state, and in these very pools lotus will bloom,” he said.

He said the SP realised it has gone weak and that was why it forged an alliance with the Congress.

In a dig at the BSP, he said even the ‘elephant’ has become weak, as it is not getting the right fodder. ‘Elephant’ is the BSP’s symbol.

Singh also attacked the Congress for first holding a meeting to raise voice against the state government, but later embracing the SP.