Samajwadi Party’s (SP) former national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, who was expelled from the party for six years on Sunday evening, in a letter pledged support to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav “in the ongoing crusade (dharm-yudh)”.
“Netaji is surrounded by demonic powers,” Ramgopal added.
The second letter released from Mumbai came hours after a letter in which he asked Akhilesh supporters to fight without fear.
“I once again appeal to Akhilesh supporters not to get misled,” he wrote again.
However, Ramgopal said Mulayam Singh Yadav was “not only my elder brother, but also my guru in politics, and will continue to be so. I will respect him lifelong”.
Adding that Mulayam is “currently surrounded by demonic power”, he said, “Once he is rid of those powers, truth will dawn upon him”.
He said he did not regret his ouster from the party, but was hurt about the allegations levelled against him.
“In a democratic polity, to meet leaders of other political parties is no crime. I too went with Netaji to invite the prime minister for a family function that was held in Saifai (Tej Pratap Singh Yadav’s wedding).”
He also cited some other events that were hosted by BJP leaders, including a feast for Shivraj Singh’s son’s wedding and other such events.
“If I am guilty of attending those, then Netaji and Shivpalji too had attended those,” he said.