With whom will I sit in Parliament, asks Mulayam

Shattered SP leader tells his son: We won 36 seats when I was chief minister, you got only five

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published: May 20, 2014 2:08 am

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday sought to put his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the dock for the party’s dismal show in the Lok Sabha elections.

“When I was the CM, we won 36 seats in 2004 and three in the bypolls. This time, he (pointing to Akhilesh) is the CM and we won five seats. Why? I am finding it hard to explain this in Delhi,” said Mulayam, at a meeting with the party’s unsuccessful Lok Sabha candidates.

Citing the examples of other CMs, he said, “J Jayalalithaa won in Tamil Nadu, Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, Naveen Patnaik in Orissa and even Parkash Singh Badal in Punjab. They won most of the seats in their states. What happened here? Why did we lose, can anyone tell me,” said Mulayam, while Akhilesh kept quiet.

The SP won only the five seats from where Mulayam and his family members contested. “With whom will I sit in Parliament,” Mulayam said during the meeting.

The party candidates were asked to give reasons for their defeat in writing. Some alleged sabotage by Akhilesh’s ministers, while others said the SP’s Yadav vote bank deserted the party amid the Modi wave. Some also blamed the local administration and the party’s decision to support the UPA government.

Sources said Neeraj Shekhar, the SP candidate from Ballia, openly blamed State Sports Minister Narad Rai, pointing to records to show that he lost in Rai’s polling booth.

Shafeequr Rehman Barq, the party candidate from Sambhal, blamed Secondary Education Minister Iqbal Mehmood. “I was defeated as Mehmood supported the BSP candidate. I have told this to Netaji (Mulayam), it is now up to him to take action,” said Barq after the meeting.

Several candidates alleged that the local administration had acted against them and favoured the BJP in polling bogus votes. Shazan Masood, the SP candidate from Saharanpur, said the local administration aided Congress candidate Imran Masood.

Trying to boost the party’s morale, Mulayam said, “Whatever complaints you have mentioned are already with me. I will hold a separate meeting with ministers. Don’t worry, victory and defeat are part of elections. Remain among people and we will win again.”

The SP lost in most of the assembly segments held by Akhilesh’s ministers. Seven ministers who contested the polls also lost in their assembly segments. There is a demand in the party for removal of such ministers. Mulayam assured that the issue would be taken up.

Meanwhile, Mulayam and Akhilesh held a closed door meeting with Panchayati Raj Minister Balram Yadav and Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati. Sources said Mulayam pulled up both the ministers. While there have been several complaints of corruption in the mining ministry, Prajapati failed to mobilise the most backward castes in the run-up to the polls.

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  1. Rashid Jamil
    Jan 31, 2017 at 1:51 am
    He should sit with Modi though failed in scattering his son's alliance with Congress but he left no stone unturned.lt;br/gt;He has always been faithful to Sangh Parivar .
    1. P
      May 20, 2014 at 1:28 am
      Mulayam - don't worry you have your family to sit together in parliament!!!!!
      1. H
        May 21, 2014 at 2:44 am
        This humiliating defeat faced by SP is due to rampant corruption & worst governance. That day is not far when SP will lose all seats if present type of governance will continue. So SP must work hard to develop UP as leading state. The rule of regional powers is over as these parties are main road block in progress of country who put all types of obstacle which is well known to public of country.
        1. P
          May 20, 2014 at 12:54 am
          Mulayam and Akhilesh should fire each other from SP. It will be a great idea to have SP-A and SP-M.
          1. N
            May 20, 2014 at 1:02 am
            I can feel for you Mulayam ji- please resign!!!!!!!
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