Mulayam accused the BJP of failing to meet its election promises and controlling the fuel price rise.
Sources say Mulayam may announce a new party in alliance with the Lok Dal.
“Netaji (Mulayam), who is also founder member of the Lokdal, and Shivpal will be with us and work for formation of a secular front. They will hold a joint press conference with us on Monday,” the Lokdal National President told reporters on Friday.
The meeting was not attended by Akhilesh, Ram Gopal and four other SP leaders who are also members of the Trust. A few weeks ago, Mulayam had removed four Akhilesh supporters from the membership of the Trust.
“There are a number of threats before the country but the biggest threat is from China…it is continuously encroaching on our land and is planning to attack but is not able to advance because of our army,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said.
The organisers are members of the Etawah unit of ‘Mulayam ke Log’ — an outfit set up after Akhilesh removed Mulayam from the post of the SP national president on January 1.
The resignation of five MLCs including (four of the SP and one BSP) assumes significance as the saffron party has to soon take a decision on five of its ministers in Uttar Pradesh, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who are not members of either of the two Houses.
“I was badly insulted, which I had never faced in my life. Nevertheless, I tolerated it. No leader of any party in India had made his son a chief minister during his lifetime, but I made Akhilesh the Chief Minister of UP,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said.
“I have been saying for 20 years that China is conspiring against India and has Pakistan on its side. It has set up atom bomb underground in Pakistan, I have learnt,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said
Ahead of polling on Monday, Mulayam is learnt to have instructed his party MPs to vote for Opposition candidate Meira Kumar
Mulayam had recently praised the BJP top leadership for picking Kovind and he had also attended a dinner that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had organised in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Lucknow visit on June 20
Hazratganj Circle Officer Avanish Kumar Mishra, who is investigating the case, said police had filed an application in the court of Lucknow chief judicial magistrate seeking permission for obtaining a voice sample.
“Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) is not angry with uncle Ramgopal. He is angry with me. Hence, he did not turn up at today’s event,” Akhilesh said, while referring to absence of the SP patriarch from the birthday celebrations. Shivpal Singh Yadav did not attend the event.
“No action could be taken against Gayatri in the previous Akhilesh Yadav regime, FIR was registered against him only after the SC directed erstwhile SP government to do so,” BJP spokesman said. He advised Mulayam to “chant Gayatri mantra” instead of defending the tainted Gayatri.
Prajapati was arrested after an FIR was registered in Lucknow on the Supreme Court directive. The complainant had alleged that she was repeatedly raped by the accused. She had alleged that Prajapati had also tried to molest her daughter.