After the Samajwadi Party’s (SP) dismal show in the Lok Sabha polls, newly elected MP from Azamgarh and SP president Akhilesh Yadav held a public meeting in his constituency Monday and said the BJP managed to win the elections as they have “the power to divert minds.”
Akhilesh thanked people for his win from the seat against BJP candidate Bhojpuri actor Dinesh Lal Yadav “Nirahua”. He asked SP workers and supporters to dream bigger for 2022 Vidhan Sabha polls and the next Lok Sabha elections.
He said, “A journalist asked in an article I was reading that why are these people happy? Those who are happy, why is that? The race (in the election) was between Ferrari and cycle. Everybody knew that Ferrari is going to win and not the cycle. You tell me, who was on TV every day? They forced that into our minds. They played with our minds, with our mobile phones. The Samajwadis and mainly farmers and poor should understand that this is a different kind of fight. The day you understand this fight, you will win,” said Akhilesh. He thanked the workers of both SP and the BSP and also people who voted for the two parties.
“The respect you people have given, that respect came with every single vote. You all voted for that… A lot of people, mothers and sisters helped us. Even those who observed Roza (fast during month of Ramzan) stood in lines braving severe heat and pressed the button for cycle and elephant. Don’t know how many days you had to work hard. You gave your sweat and blood, fought injustice,” he said.
Thanking both the SP and BSP workers for their hard work, he appealed to them to dream bigger and said they can only be successful if they work to win Vidhan Sabha election in 2022 and Lok Sabha in 2024.
“We lost the election but I can still say to my rivals that compare the development by them and development done by the Samajwadis. They stand nowhere in front of us. They won the elections for some other reasons. They said our alliance was one of Muslims, Yadavs and Dalits. The people we wanted to fight for, we could not do that. We wanted to make people understand but we could not do that,” Akhilesh said.
Speaking on the recent killings of SP workers in Jaunpur and Ghazipur, he said, “There is injustice. Tell me what was the fault of that Samajwadi in Jaunpur that he was killed with bullets. What did that worker in Ghazipur do that he was killed?”
On Tuesday Akhilesh is scheduled to visit Ghazipur where he will meet kin of slain SP worker Vijay Yadav.