Mulayam Singh Yadav after the split: ‘JD(U) once with BJP, now secular’

Yadav also put to rest speculations that the Samajwadi Party may once again join the JD(U)-RJD-Congress grand alliance to contest the Bihar Assembly elections.

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A day after he split from Nitish Kumar’s grand alliance, Mulayam Singh Yadav slammed the latter’s party for having once formed a coalition with the BJP.

“The JD(U), which was in government with the BJP, has now become secular,” Mulayam said Tuesday while addressing the national convention of the SP’s women wing in Delhi. “Ayodhya happened because of the BJP and the SP has always fought the BJP… We will never support them.”

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Mulayam appeared to be upset that he is not being promoted well enough witin the party. “Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes the names of (Ram Manohar) Lohia and JP (Narayan) in election rallies in Bihar but surprisingly our own leaders are reluctant about taking my name,” he said. “Modi appreciates me as the most intelligent leader of the country, Amitabh Bachchan too appreciates me, yet some people feel bad about it.”

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Mulayam lashed out at the BJP, saying it has failed to fulfil its promises. “Now, they claim they will take Kashmir from Pakistan; it is impossible. Not a single poll promise has been fulfilled by the BJP, Modi-Modi is all that is happening,” he said. “Modi has done nothing for women. The SP gave them respect and we made three women MLCs.”

He singled out Leelawati Kushwaha for becoming an MLC on merit. “She is not beautiful but she faced the most lathicharges on behalf of the party and we made her an MLC,” he said.

He lauded Ranjana Bajpai, national president of the SP’s women wing, for organising the national convention. “You have come to Delhi in such large numbers.

There are some women who could not help the party gain at polling booths in their villages. We could not perform well in the Lok Sabha polls even when the Opposition was apprehensive about the huge turnout at our rallies.”