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Amar Singh blames Firozabad loss on Mulayam's overconfidence

Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh has blamed the party's loss in the Firozabad Lok Sabha by-poll on the overconfidence of its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and said Yadav "behaved symbolically like Mayawati" while campaigning in the constituency.

delhi Updated: Nov 29, 2009 21:07 IST

Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh has blamed the party's loss in the Firozabad Lok Sabha by-poll on the overconfidence of its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and said Yadav "behaved symbolically like Mayawati" while campaigning in the constituency.

In an interview to news channel News 24, Singh said it was overconfidence of Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family that was responsible for the SP chief's daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav's loss to Congress nominee Raj Babbar.

"These people made the mistake of thinking that this was their stronghold, similar to Rai Bareli or Amethi strongholds of Indiraji or Soniaji or Rahulji. But look at the amount of time these Congress leaders have spent in their constituencies. In his campaign Mulayam Singhji behaved symbolically like (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Mayawati and did not campaign on the ground at all. This was our complacency," a release from the channel quoted him.

Asked whether Akhilesh Yadav (Mulayam's son) took upon himself the entire responsibility of Firozabad by-poll and did not want to involve anyone else, Singh said, "People have this notion that this is my area and I don't need anyone. Outsiders only need to fulfill a formality. (Though) I am not excusing the fact that there was a disquiet among public regarding some of our local workers."