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Mulayam asks workers to tell people about party policies

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Mulayam Singh Yadav at K P College ground in  Allahabad Saturday. (Ravi Prakash) Mulayam Singh Yadav at K P College ground in Allahabad Saturday. (Ravi Prakash)

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav Saturday exhorted party workers to go and tell people about party policies and programmes while reiterating it is a very “important” election, which would give the party a chance to influence government formation at the Centre.

Yadav continued to accuse BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of “spreading lies about Gujarat’s development”. Earlier, in the neighbouring Kaushambi, he said Modi would not be able to become Prime Minister.

In Allahabad too, he said neither BJP nor Congress would get a majority and that the Third Front will form the government at the Centre.
Addressing a rally to “felicitate” candidates of Allahabad (Kunwar Reoti Raman Singh) and Phulpur (Dharmraj Patel) at K P Community Ground, Yadav said: “Aap ja kar logon ko batao, tab to log jaanenge ki party ki neetiyan kya hain (Go and tell people about our policies; only then will they come to know about them).”

He reiterated it a couple of times during his 40-minute address, having arrived 90 minutes late, while also reading out party’s announcements made in its manifesto. “Main kaagaz le kar nahin padhta, lekin kuchch cheezen jaanana zaroori hai (I don’t usually read from papers but it is important to know a few things),” he said.

The attendance in the rally was much smaller than the one he had addressed during his Desh Bachao, Desh Banao rally two months ago on March 2 at Parade Ground near Holy Sangam. Modi is supposed to address a rally at the Parade Ground Sunday.

Apart from enumerating points of SP manifesto, including free education, setting up a commission for forward castes, steps for easing financial burden on traders, Yadav also pointed out: “There are nearly two-third states, where there are a non-Congress and non-BJP governments. The biggest state is ours with 80 seats and we represent 21 crore people. If we get good numbers in Parliament, we will be in a position to form government. Several parties are ready to support us; a few have promised outside support. You have to tell these to the people.”

Defending Azam Khan, banned by the Election Commission from speaking at election rallies for allegedly giving inciting speeches, Yadav said: “When he speaks, there is a problem. What was wrong in what he said? He was only saying that Muslims had contributed in protecting the nation.”

Invoking Abdul Hamid, hero of the 1965 war with Pakistan, Yadav said, had he (Hamid) not laid down his life, the Indian forces would have faced heavy casulaties in the war.

“Now, they are seeking apology (from Khan). Why should we apologise? We have requested the EC to lift the ban,” said Yadav.

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