Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed on Thursday that former Prime Minister Choudhary Charan Singh wanted him to become the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1977, an offer which he declined then.
“In 1977, Choudhary Charan Singh wanted me to become the chief minister of UP. I was apprehensive that if I would become the CM at this stage, my future in politics will be over,” Mulayam said at a party event to observe the 29th death anniversary of Raj Narain in Lucknow.
“There were some tikdambaaz (mischief mongers) who did not want me to become CM. They approached Raj Narain who assured me that I will be made a powerful minister and should not become CM. Therefore, I did not become chief minister,” Mulayam said.
The SP chief further said, “The chugalkhor had even created differences between Raj Narain and Choudhary Charan Singh. I tried to bring everyone together… Raj Narain was a historical leader and in his last days he was facing some problems… I tried to help him.” According to the SP chief, it was Choudhary Charan Singh’s decision to field Raj Narain against Indira Gandhi in Rae Bareli.