September 11, 2016 3:57:29 am
Launching his party’s campaign for the 2017 Assembly polls, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Saturday said Muslims had helped him gain power after the Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya and claimed that the minority community will help his son, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, retain power in Uttar Pradesh.
“BJP was in power when Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992. Musalman bhaiyon ne gussa hokar Samajwadi Party ki sarkar bana di. Kam se kam 70 per cent Musalmano ne vote diya (Angry Muslims helped SP form the government. At least 70 per cent of the Muslims voted for us),” Mulayam said.
The yatra will cover all the districts in the state before concluding in Lucknow on November 22.
Referring to firing on kar sevaks on October 30, 1990 in which 16 people were killed, Mulayam said, “I did not get them killed. Security forces had responsibility to maintain law and order. Those who tried to demolish the mosque faced action.” Earlier this year, the SP chief had reportedly expressed regret for ordering the firing.
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