As LS polls near, Mulayam again pulls up Akhilesh and his ministers

Mulayam Singh YadavSP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav with son and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav at a function to mark Ram Manohar Lohia’s 47th death anniversary in Lucknow, Saturday.

Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav urged his partymen to unite and not to punish him for the wrong deeds of SP's ministers, legislators and MPs. Mulayam was addressing party workers during a function organised to commemorate the 47th death anniversary of socialist ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia in Lucknow on Saturday.

"I am keeping a sharp eye on the people who are in power. Their behaviour should change else it will be difficult for me," Mulayam said. "If you are angry and your minister, MLA or MP has done anything wrong then do not take revenge from me. Will you send me alone to the Parliament? I know there are some wrong things going on but they are all sitting here and CM will talk to them and improve them," Mulayam stated.

As Mulayam said this, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav minister Shivpal Yadav and several other members of the Cabinet were sitting on stage. The workers clapped to show their support to Mulayam while the ministers remained silent. "Do not consider the public illiterate. They are very clever and aware. It is the same public which had routed the Congress in 1977. Don't do things which bring satisfaction only to you, the public should be satisfied and it should be visible," said Mulayam. However, Mulayam also appreciated the work of Akhilesh's government, stating that welfare schemes initiated by it have set a benchmark.

Mulayam also lashed out at the Congress stating that it has a mentality of a dictator. He recalled his struggle during emergency days and Lohia's anti-Congress stand. "Lohia had raised voice against Nehru and corruption by the Congress. It is true even now. Scams have become the order of the day while the Prime Minister is speechless," he stated.

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