Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday said he did not become the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh after his party got absolute majority in 2012 so that he could spend more time with party workers and keep a tab on the working of the government.
“When our party got absolute majority in 2012, I made Akhilesh Yadav the Chief Minister instead of myself. At that time, senior party leaders and workers appeared disappointed for about 15 days. They asked me that they had sought votes in my name and wanted me to become CM,” he said while addressing a youth convention of the party at the SP headquarters in Lucknow.
“I have not become CM to remain with you (party workers) and to keep a tab on the working of the government. I have never thought that this government will do such good work. It implemented our party manifesto,” he said.
Mentioning the Dadri lynching incident in which a Muslim was killed, Yadav said, “The one whose son is in army and fighting on borders was lynched. Who were those who killed him...I had taken three names and all of them were connected to BJP. I had said that if the PM wants he would also tell the names.”
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yadav said he had made “tall promises” during Lok Sabha polls but “could not implement any of them”.
“He (Modi) had talked of removing China’s encroachment on Indian territory but when Chinese PM was in India, his army was entering our side. He also failed to remove discrimination as promised by him,” Yadav alleged.
On the Metro rail project initiated by the state government, Yadav said when Akhilesh requested him to initiate it, he had asked the CM to first work for uplift of the poor but later he directed him to complete it (the project) before polls.