Drawing flak for opposing computers and English in its poll manifesto, the Samajwadi Party on Sunday said it was not against their use but it should not be made compulsory.
"I am not against English but its use should not be a compulsion. It should not be compulsory in public life," SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters in Lucknow.
The former chief minister said he was not against studying in English, when it was pointed out that his son had studied in a convent school. But he insisted that it "should not be compulsory in offices".
SP general secretary Amar Singh said they were not opposing use of computers but they should not lead to loss of jobs.
"We have said that those who do not get equal opportunity should not have English as a compulsion. And computers should remain but should not replace human workforce," Singh told reporters in Patna.
Congress' star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi on Sunday ridiculed Samajwadi Party's manifesto and wondered who had prepared it and whether they were serious.