Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday asked party men to avoid infighting and work to ensure the party’s victory in next year’s assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
“Whom are you contesting against? Who is the target, your own people and colleagues, or the other parties?” Yadav asked while addressing the party’s eighth national convention here.
He urged workers to resolve their issues to emerge victorious in the assembly polls, and also aspire to win bargaining power at the Centre by getting “at least 60 seats in the next general elections”, due in 2014.
Yadav also lambasted the state’s ruling Bahujan Samaj Party government for being “a corrupt and despotic political outfit”. He said chief minister Mayawati was ruining the development, environment and agriculture of the state.
Yadav also dispelled talk of differences between him and senior party leader Azam Khan.
Khan and Yadav were involved in a public spat in 2009 over Yadav’s sudden bonhomie with expelled Bhartiya Janata Party leader Kalyan Singh.
“There are no differences in the party leadership. You (the cadres) must learn from us and end differences amongst you. If elections have to be won, it has to be through you,” he said.
Khan echoed Yadav’s sentiments at the convention.
“You must stop insulting each other. Samajwadi Party never had such a culture,” he said.
He also criticised the district leadership for promoting itself at the expense of state and national level leaders.
“All the banners are dominated by huge pictures of the district leaders, whereas pictures of the national president and the state president are almost invisible. Leaders are made out of struggle and by making a place in peoples’ hearts,” he said.