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Mulayam ridicules BJP ‘apology’: Do you think Muslims don’t understand?

‘Modi presided over mass murder of Muslims in Gujarat’

Written by Prashant Pandey | Lucknow |
March 3, 2014 1:57:43 am
Mulayam Singh Yadav at party’s Allahabad rally on Sunday. RAVI PRAKASH Mulayam Singh Yadav at party’s Allahabad rally on Sunday. RAVI PRAKASH

Launching yet another scathing attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Sunday alleged that he had presided over “mass murder of Muslims” in 2002 in Gujarat and now his party was trying to hoodwink the community by talking of apology.

“Musalmanon ka katleaam kara ke maafi maangte hain. Musalman bhai aapko nasamajh lagte hain? Yeh badi samajhdaar aur bahadur kaum hai. Jiske saath rehte hain, dil se rehte hain (You first preside over mass murder of Muslims and now you are seeking apology. Do you think Muslims don’t understand? They are a brave and intelligent community. If they support you, they do it from their heart).” Mulayam said.

He was addressing the SP’s ‘Desh Bachao, Desh Banao’ rally in Allahabad even as as Modi addressed a parallel rally in Lucknow.

Hitting back at Modi for his taunt that Mulayam could not turn UP into a Gujarat as the feat required “a 56-inch-chest”, the SP chief recalled the 2002 Gujarat riots and how he went there without security. “Aapne security nahin di, phir bhi wahan gaye. Kiska seena 56-inch ka hua? (You did not oprovide me with security. Still I went there. So, who has the 56-inch chest now?),” asked Mulayam.

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In a double-barrelled attack on Congress-led UPA government at Centre and the BJP, he said that while former lacks courage, the saffron party does not have enough candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.

Taking a dig at LJP’s Ramvilas Paswan for making an alliance with the BJP and in an apparent reference to former army chief V K Singh joining the saffron party, Mulayam said, “The BJP does not have candidates. They are trying to garner some by bringing in people from other parties. Samajwadi Party mein candidates ki line lagee hai. UP, MP, Karnataka, Mumbai har jagah line lagee hai. But we are being careful in giving tickets,” he said.

“UPA sarkar ke paas hausla nahin hai. Ab jimmedaari aap par hai (the government does not have the courage. The responsibility now is on you),” Mulayam said, exhorting the gathering to help SP form a non-Congress, non-BJP government at the Centre.

While Mulayam did not mention Muzaffarnagar riots in his speech, cabinet minister Azam Khan defended the government on the issue. “Muzaffarnagar ke zakhm bahut gehre hain (Muzaffarnagar’s wounds are deep). But the government is not responsible for it,” Khan said.

Exhorting Muslims to stand firmly behind the SP, Khan said that they (Muslims) are not the kings but kingmakers. “Jaan lo ki Hindustan ka badshaah bahut taqatwar hota hai. Aur wo badshah ek hatyara hoga (Remember the emperor of Hindustan is very powerful. And that emperor will be a murderer),” he said.

Defending Mulayam’s support for Muslims, Khan, without naming the Babri Masjid demolition said: “A person, who ordered firing on those who had come to destroy your place of worship, can never be your enemy.”

Khan further added, “Also, if Modi was to be forgiven for the riots, then there was no need for the courts and laws,”he said.
Ridiculing the ‘will seek apology’ comment of BJP president Rajnath Singh, Khan said: Don’t ask forgiveness. Come with us and rebuild the Babri Masjid where it stood.”
Earlier, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav focused on his government’s schemes and implementation of the Assembly poll premises. “The kind of schemes we have, cannot be found in any other state. Other states give laptops only to the meritorious; we give it to the poor to help them become meritorious,” said the CM.

Stating that it was his father who had stopped BJP from forming government in the past twice, Akhilesh urged to ensure that the saffron party was stopped again.

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