While accusing the BJP, the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday lauded former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The party said both Vajpayee and chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had special affection for each other.
Talking to newsmen in Lucknow on Tuesday SP general secretary Beni Prasad Verma said that Vajpayee was not only the supreme leader in the BJP but "tallest" leader in the country. He said since the country's interest was supreme for Vajpayee, he had pushed three contentious issues — Ram Temple at Ayodhya, Abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution and Common Civil Code — to the backburner during his 13-day government at the centre.
But now some "small leaders" had been again trying to rake up the temple issue for political gains. He said the BJP had taken up the issue against the old announcement of Vajpayee. Verma said Vajpayee had pushed these issues under the carpet in the national interest but the BJP president Rajnath Singh, who is known for doublespeak, had raised the temple issue because of the forthcoming assembly election.
He said "small leaders" should not violate the wishes of Vajpayee. He also flayed former chief minister Kalyan Singh of resorting to politics of violence.
Referring to the murder of Dr Kavita Rani in Meerut in which names of two ministers had cropped up, Verma said it was result of "coalition politics".
However he said accused in the case should not be allowed to go scot-free. Verma said even though the party would not desert allies, it would try to get its own majority to form the government. He said the assembly results would change the face of national politics also.
Verma said the BJP, which had lost base in the state, would not be able to stage a comeback. He said the BJP had once again been trying to mislead the people. Verma also announced to hold "Kurmi" rally in Lucknow on January 11.
Verma said even though he was opposed to caste politics, it had now become necessary to hold such a rally, as BSP and BJP were also holding similar conferences. He said such politics was good if it was in national interest.
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