Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said that there "is no going back on the friendship" with Kalyan Singh, despite receiving flak from friends and foes alike on joining hands with the former BJP leader.
"There is no going back on the friendship with the former BJP leader Kalyan Singh," Mulayam told reporters during his election tour of Etawah and Kannauj.
On the criticism of Kalyan Singh, who was UP chief minister when Babri mosque was demolished, by Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress, Mulayam said it was not based on the present day facts.
"Today Kalyan is with us to cause maximum damage to the Bharatiya Janata Party, which would ultimately help the SP and increase it tally in Lok Sabha polls to a respectable figure," said Mulayam.
Lalu, who along with Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP, has had a tie-up with SP for the Lok Sabha polls, had said that Kalyan Singh was a "convict" in Babri Masjid demolition case and questioned his role as a star campaigner for SP.
"He (Kalyan) is a convict in the demolition of the Babri Masjid... Is he a member of SP?.. He is not a member of the SP," Prasad said in Patna on Saturday.