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PM Modi all ears to Mulayam, pats Akhilesh; Mayawati absent

Reflecting warmth, Modi shook hands with Akhilesh and patted him on his shoulder.

By: PTI | Lucknow | Published: March 19, 2017 9:15 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at BJP government swearring in ceremony at Smriti Upavan in Lucknow on Sunday.(Express photo by Vishal Srivastav )

Rising above electoral bitterness and putting on the back burner their slanging matches during Uttar Pradesh campaign, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh and his father Mulayam attended the swearing in ceremony of Yogi Adityanath today. After the the nearly 90-minute event at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan, the father-son duo moved towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and were seen exchanging pleasantries.

Reflecting warmth, Modi shook hands with Akhilesh and patted him on his shoulder. He also held the hands of Mulayam, who was seen whispering something to Modi. And the Prime Minister was all ears.

In his rallies, Modi had ridiculed the opposition alliance of SP and Congress, saying they together stood for ‘SCAM’ (Samajwadi, Congress and Mayawati).

Not to be outdone, Akhilesh came out with his own take on SCAM, saying it stood for ‘Save Country from Amit (Shah) and Modi’.

His remark asking megastar Amitabh Bachchan not to endorse “donkeys of Gujara”t also left the BJP fuming, with Modi hitting back at the chief minister.

BSP supremo Mayawati, however, was not present at the venue.

Before taking oath as Minister of State (Independent charge), Swatantra Dev Singh forgot to greet Governor Ram Naik while proceeding towards the dais, but soon returned to say “namastey” when the slip was pointed out to him.

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  1. H
    Mar 20, 2017 at 7:02 am
    Mullah mulayam to Modi: "Ab toh Ram Mandir bun jaega naa"
    1. Sukesh Sood
      Mar 19, 2017 at 4:14 pm
      Picture Perfect, it's strange that Incredible india Voters (so called intelligent but s in reality) stand in Que to Vote and replace scoundrels for scoundrels since 1947 🌶
      1. T
        Mar 19, 2017 at 6:39 pm
        After all politics is just a business of monkeys (Yogi's pets), donkeys (promoters of Gujarat), and horses (traded before the elections in U P, and after the elections in Goa and Manipur) !
        1. Pooran Gyan
          Mar 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm
          Only Amar Singh can decipher Mulayam's words. Modi is still trying to figure out what Mulayam really meant.
          1. R
            Mar 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm
            Mulayam wanted ill-gotten ets of his family protected from seizures. He has achieved it by facilitating BJP victory through asplit in votes. He has also ensured that none of his family goes behind bars by pandering to Modi's desires and thus keeping CBI on leash
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