Image makeover: Mulayam vows end to ‘goondaraj’

In an attempt to shrug off the Samajwadi Party’s image of a party that patronised goons in its last government,party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: January 23, 2012 1:49:15 am

In an attempt to shrug off the Samajwadi Party’s image of a party that patronised goons in its last government,party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday said the party,if voted to power,will severely deal with anti-social elements; even if somebody from the Samajwadi Party (SP) indulged in such activities,the man would be behind bars.

Addressing a public meeting at Padrauna in Kushinagaram,Yadav said the Opposition parties were alleging that if the SP came to power,hooliganism will increase in the state. “I am declaring from this stage that if the Samajwadi Party forms the government,goondaraj will come to an end,” Yadav said.

In his election speeches,Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has been targetting,the Samajwadi Party for partronising anti-social elements. He has often stated that during the previous SP regime,hooligans sat in police stations and complaints of citizens were not entertained.

Yadav accused the Congress of neglecting the security of the country,by not paying attention to the threat from China. When he was Defence Minister,said Yadav,he had warned the Chinese government against any intrusions and the Chinese had not dared to cross the border,but now the Chinese were adopting threatening postures.

Earlier,in Deoria,Yadav urged the voters to come out and cast their votes in large numbers. He said that UP had a bad track record of low voters turn-out,and if,like West Bengal,95 per cent of voters came out to vote,Samajwadi Party will be voted to power.

Party’s general secretary Mohan Singh criticised Rahul Gandhi,allegedly for saying that only goons wanted the SP voted to power. He asked the people if they wanted SP to form the government and when he got a reply in affirmative,he further asked if they were all goons.

He said the people who wanted the SP were also civilised and so was the SP,and remarks like those did not suit the heir of a political family.

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