Half of UP ministers busy minting money: Mulayam Singh

“I had advised the ministers. Some mended their ways but some did not. If earning money is your priority, then you should rather do business. Even I would have helped you. "

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: January 25, 2016 12:20 am
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SAMAJWADI PARTY president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday claimed that half of the ministers in the Akhilesh government are yet to mend their ways and were busy “minting money”.

“I had advised the ministers. Some mended their ways but some did not. If earning money is your priority, then you should rather do business. Even I would have helped you. In politics, people give you money on their own,” Mulayam said while addressing party workers to celebrate former Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakur’s birth anniversary at SP office on Sunday.

“Mata Prasad Pandey (Assembly Speaker) is sitting here. He used to spread a bedsheet to collect money… people gave lakhs… I also did the same and there was so much that it took four days to count,” he added.

Recalling that he had faced several allegations, including that he was associated with dacoits, Mulayam said: “Some claimed that I had links with Chaviram gang, some claimed that I had links with Madho Singh and Phulan gang… Even dacoits at times do good work.”

He claimed that while Man Singh, a former dacoit, had helped the poor, the rich had sent him to jail. “Later, his son Tehsildar Singh contested against me. Many goondas contested against me but people are very intelligent and they defeated every one,” he said.

Maintaining that people know everything, the SP chief said that “as we are celebrating Karpoori Thakur’s birth anniversary, people working in the fields are aware of development (taking place)”. He went on to caution Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to stay alert about those who indulge in backbiting. “I told him to listen to these people but do not act,” he said.

Mulayam also recalled his journey towards forming the SP. “I was alone and went ahead. The media reported that I was the leader of (only) three districts — Etawah, Farrukhabad and Mainpuri. But we formed government in 1993,” he said, reiterating that he is sad that 16 people had died in the 1990 police firing on kar sewaks in Ayodhya during the Babri Masjid demolition.

Recalling his association with Karpoori Thakur, Mulayam praised his simplicity. “He used to wear two kurtas during winters. He always ate and slept with poorest person in the village. When he died, he had a kuchcha house and his family did not have money to hold his terehvi,” he said, adding that SP workers should follow Thakur’s ideals for achieving success in politics.

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  1. S
    Jan 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm
    many of the state govts and regional parties haveallied to only bash BJP, and these parties and states have become highly corrpt and arrogant and for all their pitfalls and malpractice. BJP is lagging in taking upon these opposition parties only to garner the votes in rajya sabha, votes and balancing power is endangering indian development-and democracy.
    1. P
      Jan 25, 2016 at 1:55 am
      Mulayam Singh has told a story which is carried out by many politions since independence. If a politician claim that he has been only working /serving people then howmany can openly say the source of money they acquired to purchase posh bungalows /properties.
      1. M
        Jan 25, 2016 at 2:36 am
        MullaYam should teach this to himself first and abandon / distribute all the loot is continuing till date collecting, to poor in transparent manner, He used to spread a bed-sheet to collect money… people gave lakhs… I also DID SAME and there was so much that it took four days to count THE LOOT . These crooks versatile in claiming everyone except themselves is corrupt!
        1. S
          Jan 25, 2016 at 5:12 am
          And of course you are a paragon of honesty!!
          1. S
            S.Nagaraja Rao
            Jan 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm
            See! How the politician is speaking. He claims his party has drawn ideals from Ram Manohar Lohia. He is talking of corruption as if it has come to notice recently only. Was there not corruption during his earlier rule and at present in his son's rule. He talks of simple living of Karpoori Thakur. Then how is Mualyam and his family is living. He is not fit enough to compare with Karpoori Thakur, These are all keeping an eye of the ensuing elections in UP.Can he ure that tickets will not be given to corrupt, criminals, thugs etc people. These all are routine dialog of politician. When election comes near, they change their talk. They talk of morality, transparency, good governance etc to fool the people. These are all white lies. Voters be careful of mesmerism of ur leaders.
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