Ayodhya movement torchbearer and former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh is back to basics, yet again.
While announcing the breakup of his less then 10-month old friendship with Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow on Sunday, Kalyan was quite acidic in his attack on Yadav and lavish in his praise for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)—the party he condemned till the other day.
He gave clear indications of his coming back to the saffron brigade sooner than latter. He said he was proud of the Sangh ideology and believed only the BJP could construct a temple at Ayodhya. Former BJP leader announced that he would soon visit the temple town to have darshan of “Ram Lala.”
A day after SP chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav dumped his newfound friend Kalyan Singh saying he would never be allowed to join the party, Kalyan Singh was out with strong punches making the most pungent attack on Yadav even as his son Rajvir Singh announced resignation from the SP’s primary membership.
“Mulayam Singh has a long history of being opportunistic and betrayer. Now he is showing his true colours. I regret I could not see through all this despite repeated warnings by my well-wishers,” he said at a press conference in Lucknow on Sunday.
Kalyan said the Congress was clever enough to understand Mulayam Singh, who, he accused of having lost mental balance over adverse by-poll results and was issuing baseless statement instead of making correct evaluation of result.
“Even if I agree for the sake of argument that the SP lost Firozabad seat because of Muslims being angry with it for me. But why did other castes including Yadav did not vote for it.? And what about Etawah and Bhartana—-the SP’s stronghold where there was no Kalyan factor?," he asked. He claimed the SP won at least nine Lok Sabha seats because of him and questioned where the so-called Muslim anger was then.
The Lodh leader said it was Mulayam Singh and Amar Singh who walked to him with an Olive Branch and not the vice-versa.
“They came to me and requested me to join the SP, an offer I reject outright but agreed to hold the hand of friendship,” he said. He also claimed that he attended the SP’ Agra convention only after senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav wrote a long letter requesting him to be present at the party convention.
“Mulayam himself put the red cap on my head, shouted Kalyan Singh zindaabad slogans with the entire city covered with posters and banners carrying my photographs. Not only this, Mulayam planned all my elections tours and provided a helicopter during Lok Sabha polls,” he recalled and quipped, “Kalyan Singh was good then!.”
Predicting the SP’s doom in the Vidhan Sabha polls in 2012, the former chief minister said, it was need of the hour to strengthen the BJP which alone, could strengthen Hindutva and construct a grand temple at Ayodhya. He regretted that the BJP got weaker because of him and vowed to strengthen the party from where ever he would be.
He said he was happy the way RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was trying to rejuvenate the party. Asked if he was going to rejoin the BJP, he said, his options were open and would take a decision only after taking his supporters into confidence.
When reminded that he made the same regret of having rejoined the BJP while announcing his friendship before the general elections, he said, what he said then was true in the context at that time.
“But what I say today is true in today’s context.”