The caste factor

SAMAJWADI Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s preoccupation with Uttar Pradesh had some ticket aspirants from Bihar very annoyed last week.....

Published:March 9, 2009 12:12 am

SAMAJWADI Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s preoccupation with Uttar Pradesh had some ticket aspirants from Bihar very annoyed last week. While he was busy mulling over how to checkmate the Congress over seat-sharing,a group of ticket aspirants from Bihar were waiting at the party office to talk to him. As he emerged after a long meeting,Yadav was intercepted by these men who urged him to field candidates from Bihar too. Snubbing them,Mulayam sped off in his car. Later,the aspirants were overheard remarking that it was all about caste. “Lalu Yadav se dosti ho gayi hai,jaat ka mamla hai (He has befriended Lalu,it’s a matter of caste),” said one. To which another quipped: “Bhool gaye hai,Lalu ne hi pradhan mantri banne nahi diya tha (He has forgotten that Lalu had spoilt his chance of becoming the prime minister).”

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