Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday used the proverb ‘like father, like son,’ ostensibly to make a point that he was the natural heir to SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s legacy. “Sometime you get to do certain things in natural course,” he said while quoting the proverb.
Releasing three volumes of collection of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s speeches in state assembly at an event held at Vidhan Sabha, Akhilesh said: “Netaji (Mulayam) had to come here to release the book but since he could not make it, I got an opportunity to do the honours.”
Although chief minister did not elaborate, many feel that since the observations came a day after SP patriarch’s wife Sadhna Yadav spoke on family feud to a news agency, the comment could be construed as an answer to a few of the political statements she made.
“I do not know who misled Akhilesh but he respects me and ‘Netaji’ a lot. I have kept family united. Dharmendra and Akhilesh have been made MPs and I have done all these but in a hidden manner,” Sadhna had said.
On the book, chief minister said it would serve as a useful document to those who would like to know about ‘Netaji’, the issues and the policies during these days. “The book would also be useful to those who would like to conduct research or understand the socialism,” said the chief minister.
A cursory glance on the book also throws light on Mulayam’s anti-Congress stance.
“The manner in which the Congress is running the government, it seems that all norms have been done away with,” Mulayam had been quoted while speaking on a debate under rule 53 of state assembly on police lathi charge on students holding demonstration in Kanpur on March 18, 1975.
In another speech in the house (July 11, 1990) Mulayam as UP chief minister) has been quoted saying that there was probably only one person (late Rajiv Gandhi) in the Congress who had qualification to become the Prime Minister.
“On our side, however, we have dozens who are eligible to become the PM,” said Mulayam while quoting names of late Jyoti Basu, V Rajeswar Rao, Nambudripad, Devi Lal and Chandrashekhar.
‘Sadan main Samajwad’ a collection of speeches of Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey in the assembly was also released on the occasion.