The former chief minister also criticised the Yogi Adityanath government for the plight of potato farmers and non-payment of arrears to cane growers, among others.
Reacting to Yadav’s appeal to people, BJP spokesperson Shalabh Mani Tripathi said SP leaders, who were “under utter frustration after their defeat in the Assembly polls”, have now already “conceded defeat” in the civic polls.
“The result shows in which direction the wind is blowing. The wind of the BJP’s defeat will reach Gujarat too,” Akhilesh Yadav said.
Hitting out at the BJP, Chaudhary, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, alleged that the party which was earlier regarded for its high morals has now “stooped for power”.
“As compared to the achievements of the SP government, the BJP under UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has not done anything in seven months which they can refer to,” the SP chief said
“Be it the Narendra Modi government at the Centre or the Yogi Adityanath government in the state, both have not taken any significant decision. BJP people are liars. I wonder how people trust them,” alleged Akhilesh Yadav.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that his party will support the Congress on the rest of the seats. The SP entered into an alliance with the Congress party just before the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections that was held earlier this year.
Akhilesh on arriving at the venue went straight to his father and touched his feet. He requested Mulayam to pay floral tributes to Lohia first, but Mulayam insisted that Akhilesh do it, seemingly as he is party chief.
The back-to-back meetings between the father and son kindled hopes of party workers of a reconciliation between them.
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav also accused the BJP of misleading the people on issues such as the loan waiver for farmers and corruption.
“As far as we Samajwadis are concerned, all I can say is that Taj Mahal gives jobs and employment to a large number of people. Business also thrives,” said Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav.
In the run-up to the Assembly elections in March, the father and son had a falling out that played out in public several times. Mulayam, however, “gave his blessings”, Akhilesh told the gathering on Wednesday.
Akhilesh Yadav was on Thursday unanimously re-elected as the Samajwadi Party’s national president for a five-year term, further consolidating his grip over the party after sidelining his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav.
During the meet, the Samajwadi Party is expected to chalk out its strategy for the 2019 General Elections as well as discuss possible alliances for the upcoming Assembly polls.
Mulayam had earlier asked the public to support the party.