Samajwadi Party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday blamed the Congress' wrong policies for the Bharatiya Janata Party coming to power at the Centre and alleged that even the so-called ‘secular parties’ indirectly helped the saffron party.
Addressing a programme during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Sainik School in Mainpuri, Yadav asserted that only the SP could take on the BJP. He also said that he became the defence minister and missed the post of prime minister by a whisker. "Being PM was not a big thing, working for people was much bigger task. Otherwise there are a number of PMs, whose names people cannot recollect, but the one who works for them is the biggest leader."
Yadav minced no words in lambasting parties which claimed to be secular but were in fact helping communal forces like BJP. Surprisingly, the SP chief did not utter a word on ‘Janata Parivar’ or its differences in his 40-minute speech.
Yadav created some lighter moments when he called chief minister and his son Akhilesh Yadav to the microphone to spell out the exact timing for completing the project of Sainik School.
When the chief minister promised to complete the project within a year, the SP chief was not satisfied and called upon the project in-charge to get the construction completed within eight months. “I have learnt this from Bansi Lal who laid the foundation stone when he was sure about completion of the project,” Mulayam said.
Recalling his association with Mainpuri (where he had taught and from where he won four consecutive parliamentary elections), he said, “Mujhe jo samman Mainpuri main mila who kahin nahi mila’ (the respect I got in Mainpuri is incomparable). “The forthcoming elections are important and SP should again form government in the state,” he said.
UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said Mainpuri was Netaji's (Mulayam’s) area and whosoever was given ticket from here emerged victorious.
Till now there was only one Sainik School, at Lucknow in UP, but now there would be four, he said, adding "No other state has so many Sainik Schools. Maximum number of people join the Army from this area and maximum number of ex-servicemen live here."
Referring to the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, the chief minister said the land for the project was acquired by giving four times more compensation to the farmers and that too without any dispute, which was appreciable.
The government was developing mandis along the expressway so that products of farmers reached cities directly, he said.
Referring to recent tensions over WhatsApp posts, Akhilesh said the government would soon release a phone number on which objectionable posts could be forwarded and action would be taken.
(With PTI inputs)