SAMAJWADI PARTY president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said he regrets police firing at kar sewaks in Ayodhya but at the same time, it remains a fact that SP had expanded following the incident. He was referring to the firing at Babri Masjid in 1990 when he was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Mulayam said this while addressing party workers to commemorate the death anniversary of Janeshwar Mishra at Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow. “I regret even now that 16 people had died in the firing in Ayodhya. But it is also true that SP (base) had expanded after that,” Mulayam said.
While terming Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a tall leader, the SP chief said the BJP veteran too could not manage majority for his party. “They (BJP) won (2014 Lok Sabha polls) due to management… No one had ever thought,” he said.
Mulayam further claimed that had he known what fate awaited SP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he would not have contested. He alleged his party cadre had not worked for the elections. SP had won only five seats in the 2014 polls. “During Lok Sabha polls, people were not against us… else, we would not have won five seats. But our workers and leaders did not work. Had I known this, I would not have contested and rather looked after organisational work,” he said.
Mulayam went on to offer tips to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was also present at the function, on how to become a great leader. “I have told Akhilesh that to become a big leader… he should move out of state. Tour two to four states, make programme today… Go and hold rallies in Bihar, Uttrakahand and Madhya Pradesh. Now a days, there are a lot of facilities available, helicopter can be used for travelling,” he said. “People consider SP as a regional party…” he said while pointing at Akhilesh.
He, however, praised Akhilesh, stating that there is no difference in his work and words. “Akhilesh is my son and there is no difference in his work and words. Don’t worry about criticism. Remember only that Raja is successful whose secretary is like Birbal,” he said while cautioning Akhilesh to stay away from sycophants and those who indulge in backbiting.
The SP chief also asked Akhilesh to start training SP workers and give more representation to the women in party committees. “If at least two to three women are not there in any committee, don’t approve it. Even if the women are less educated, include them. Akbar was also not so learned but he is called mahaan,” he said, while urging the CM to encourage youths.
While Mulayam was speaking, Akhilesh reminded him that he has to leave to receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport, following which, the SP leader shortened his speech.
In his address, Akhilesh said there is no one between him and the people in the 2017 Assembly polls. Claiming that Opposition parties were spreading canard, he said: “They claimed victory in zila panchayat polls but SP won maximum posts in zila panchayat chairpersons elections.
n Netaji’s advice, I have reduced the deadline of the Agra-Lucknow expressway project… now, it will be completed in 22 months. I have fulfilled promises made in the poll manifesto.”