Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday ridiculed the apology of Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav to Muslim community for tying up with former BJP leader Kalyan Singh.
Sharply reacting to Yadav’s statement, Mayawati said in Lucknow on Thursday that it was a political gimmick and quite ridiculous. She said people should not trust such a leader with double character. The Chief Minister said Yadav sheltered one of those leaders who were responsible for the demolition of Babri Masjid.
Mayawati said Yadav had long track record of hobnobbing with communal forces. She recalled that Yadav had become minister for first time in 1977 in Janata Party supported by communal forces. Then Kalyan Singh and Yadav were together in the Cabinet. In 1989 Yadav became Chief Minister with the help of communal forces and it was repeated in August 2003 when Kalyan Singh’s four-MLA party joined the coalition. His son Rajbir and protégée Kusum Rai became Cabinet Ministers.
She said political compulsions had now forced Yadav to call Kalyan Singh “wrong elements”.
“Such tactic would not erase communal blot on Yadav’s shoulders”, Mayawati said and added Yadav should know that “apology and crocodile tears” had been badly exposed in the eyes of Muslims..
Mayawati said Yadav believed that people’s memory was weak and this was his fallacy, she said UP witnessed large numbers of communal flare-ups during Yadav regime. She said in order to strengthen BJP, Yadav played dangerous game of “Hindu-Muslim” divide and finally the BJP came to power at the centre because of his activities.
Dubbing Yadav’s statement as sheer opportunism, Mayawati said he repeatedly shook hands with communal forces to serve his vested interest. His new political stunt would not thus benefit the SP, she quipped.