Stressing his desire for the Prime Minister’s post, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said on Saturday that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections were “a matter of honour” for him, and asked the people to give his party a majority in the elections.
“For the first time I am saying this, the next Lok Sabha elections are a matter of my honour,” he said, addressing a rally here. “The occasion has come to remove the people who have not ended price rise and starvation in the country. The people must give SP a chance so that the country progresses,” he said.
On the matter of extending support to form a coalition, he said the party would weigh issues related to the poor, farmers and youth. Citing scams, corruption and external security, Mulayam promised to bring about political change and called upon the young generation to make the SP successful. “We are doing politics for the people. SP is doing politics for the poor, farmers, youth and women,” he said.
Slamming the UPA government, he said it was so weak that it has not been able to end starvation despite the abundance of food produced. “It is so unfortunate that despite farmers producing foodgrain in abundance, deaths are taking place due to starvation. This government cannot feed the people of agri-oriented country. There is no government more shameless, weak and lowly than this,” he said.
Highlighting the contribution of Muslims, Mulayam said minorities should “not be viewed with suspicion”. “Farmers and Muslims have contributed 80 per cent to the development of the country. While farmers increased agricultural produce, Muslims promoted handiwork,” he said.
“The clothes we are wearing, 80 per cent is made by Muslims. The major contribution in making weapons for the security of the country is that of Muslims. Minorities are being viewed with an eye of suspicion in the country. They should not be viewed in that manner,” he said. He also attacked those indulging in politics over Muzaffarnagar riots, saying a conspiracy to divide the country was being hatched.
Budget earmarked Rs 3.40 crore for the Nirbhaya Fund, to be used for the upkeep of security of women.