“Congress had ruled for quite long. There was corruption in its regime. Tell me the name of one politician whom it did not frame. Be it Lalu Prasad, Mulayam Singh Yadav or Jayalalithaa… it implicated all chief ministers. Now, BJP is doing the same. This will reduce BJP government’s tenure and it will go away soon,” Mulayam said while addressing party workers on the occasion of 83rd birth anniversary of socialist ideologue Janeshwar Mishra in Lucknow.
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“We need to end the rich-poor divide. It can happen only when we are in a position of authority at the Centre,” he added. Mulayam also claimed that the Centre will never allow sub quota in reservation as has been demanded by several groups.
Slamming Mulayam, Congress General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry, who was in Lucknow to review party preparations for ‘Vidhan Sabha Gherao’ protest on August 17, said: “He should cite examples if what he is saying is true.”
Describing Mulayam as a “coward”, Congress state president Nirmal Khatri said: “If there is any truth in what he is saying now, why didn’t he raise the issue during the Congress’s 10-year rule at the Centre. Such a big leader cannot even say he was afraid… if a leader like him was afraid to speak before, then it would seem to be the act of a coward.”
“While the state government was busy saving officials like Yadav Singh, it failed on its promises made to the minority when it came to employment. The government also failed to protect Dalit girls… a large number of crimes have been reported against Dalit girls in the recent past. It has also failed to provide scholarships to Scheduled Caste members,” he added.
The Congress also accused Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of “not having full control” over the administration, which has led to riots and deterioration of law and order in the state.