Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav at a party meeting on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the UP government headed by his son, saying it would meet an electoral disaster if the 'present state of affairs' continued.
“I was told that if Vidhan Sabha elections are held today, the party would lose it,” stunning everyone at a meeting of the party’s state executive and the office bearers of district units
The meeting was called to review preparations for the forthcoming panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh likely to be held in October-November.
“If things are not rectified, there will be a severe disaster. Officers are going berserk and ministers as well as party MLAs are inert. The party must read the writing on the wall,” he said
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was present along with several of his ministers including Ahmed Hasan, Balram Yadav and Arvind Singh ‘Gope’. None spoke before or after the SP national president vented his anger.
“Why do you save officers?” Mulayam asked the CM when a party district president from western UP said no action was taken against an SSP despite complaints by a minister from the region.
The SP chief’s irritation was visible when in an obvious display of sycophancy, some district presidents tried to paint a rosy picture contrary to the impression he carried to the meeting.
In his typical style, Mulayam began by asking the district presidents about the atmosphere that was prevailing in the state.
As some of those claimed everything was hunky-dory for the party the SP chief retorted,“Come clean, you liars.”
He further lost his cool when one of the district presidents asked him not to trust the opinion of journalists.
“A seasoned journalist told me that if elections were held today, in the state of affairs the party and the government is in, then the SP’s defeat is a foregone conclusion. My own report gathered through my network is hardly different from this,” he said.
At this, a member from western UP asked Mulayam not to believe journalists.