Mulayam hints at handing baton to young leaders

  • Pankaj Jaiswal, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2014 18:58 IST

The Samajwadi Party (SP) is gearing up to handover the baton to the next generation of leaders even as the party identified the BJP as its main rival both in the state and Centre.

The two crucial political signals emerged during the SP’s ninth national convention which concluded here on Friday.

Seventy-six speakers of various age groups attacked only the BJP on all the three days of the meet.

There was no mention of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), a regional player and SP’s main challenger in UP till recently. Likewise, there was no mention of the Congress.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the RSS were targeted with gusto.

Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav – the special guest to the meet -- too ignored the BSP and the Congress.

Instead, he suggested forming a socialist alliance against the BJP, just the way the parties had banded together against the Congress at the Centre once.

Mulayam seconded the view, sending a clear signal that an alliance was in the offing.

On the final day on Friday, Mulayam’s words were enough to convey that Akhilesh and the youth would take over the party.

“Hum logon ne bahut netritwa kar liya, ab bhi karenge. Margdarshan karengey. Ab aap logon ko netritwa karna hai (We provided enough of leadership, not that we will not do it at all. We will be there as mentors and guides, but ultimately your crop has to take up the leadership role),” Mulayam Singh said.

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