George ready to share platform with Mulayam
IGNORING HIS party?s tough stand against chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, senior Janata Dal (U) leader and former Defence Minister George Fernandes said he was ready to join a platform with Yadav for a solution to people?s problems. Lauding the chief minister?s role in felicitating Emergency detainees, Fernandes said other governments should follow the example.india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 01:37 IST
IGNORING HIS party’s tough stand against chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, senior Janata Dal (U) leader and former Defence Minister George Fernandes said he was ready to join a platform with Yadav for a solution to people’s problems.
Lauding the chief minister’s role in felicitating Emergency detainees, Fernandes said other governments should follow the example.
Talking to newspersons after meeting the chief minister here on Tuesday, Fernandes said he had relations with Yadav for the last 40 years because of his involvement in the socialist movement.
Yadav said he had good relations with all socialists and the Left parties, which would be further strengthened. The chief minister said for certain reasons, “We are on a different political platform, but will make efforts to join hands in future.” Yadav said he had emotional bonds with Fernandes.
Expressing concern over rising prices, Fernandes held the Congress-led UPA Government responsible for the crisis. He said inflation reflected the Centre’s utter failure.
Instead of bringing non-Congress parties together, he said there was an urgent need to prepare the people for a struggle. Fernandes said the Congress had slapped baseless charges against on during Kargil war though “I had taken measures for the honour and the safety of jawans”. He said weapons were purchased after thorough discussions with army officers.
Fernandes came here on Monday to participate in an SP-sponsored function for felicitation of Emergency detainees. Interestingly, while Fernandes has been befriending
Yadav, Janata Dal (U) has opened a front against the chief minister. A couple of days ago, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and JD (United) president Sharad Yadav addressed a series of meetings in Varanasi, Mirzapur and Jaunpur against the SP.