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The ‘coronation’ man exudes silent confidence

The Samajwadi Party is eagerly awaiting the coronation day. But its national president Mulayam Singh Yadav has taken 'a vow of silence' which speaks volumes of his confidence. Pankaj Jaiswal reports.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2012 14:44 IST
Pankaj Jaiswal
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The Samajwadi Party is eagerly awaiting the coronation day. But its national president Mulayam Singh Yadav has taken 'a vow of silence' which speaks volumes of his confidence.

"Whatever I have to say, I would say on March 6," he said on Sunday at his party office to all questions thrown at him.

The scale of buzz at the SP office made activity at other parties’ offices look dull.

Perhaps, bolstered by the favorable exit polls, the Samajwadi Party is projecting Mulayam to be its chief minister. “Netaji will be the chief minister. The party will get majority.”

A satisfied looking Mulayam told SP workers: "Because of all the hard work you put in, there are all possibilities of Samajwadi Party forming the next government."

Meanwhile, a party leader said: "Only Mulayam, and not Akhilesh Yadav, will be coronated if the party does not get majority but makes a coalition government. Akhilesh will have to wait a bit."

SP state president and Mulayam's son Akhilesh Yadav, whose name was floated first by Mulayam's younger brother and leader of opposition in Vidhan Sabha Shivpal Singh Yadav nearly a month ago, in statements issued on Sunday said: "Netaji would be the CM. We will attain majority."

About Mulayam's silence, senior leader and party's chief whip Ambika Chaudhary said: "What can be a better statement than silence."

Chaudhary elaborated: " a leader of his stature would not make any frivolous statements like senior leaders of other parties were making. What is the point in talking hypothetically? Results are round the corner. He has not taken any vow of silence, he is waiting but not impatient."

But Chaudhary did not altogether rule out the 'Akhilesh Yadav chief ministership' theory. "Netaji is one leader whose heart beats in rhythm with party workers' hearts.