Mulayam attacks Lalu for visiting riot camps

Irked by RJD president Lalu Prasad's visit to riot relief camps in Muzaffarnagar, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav called the former Bihar chief minister a stooge of the Congress.

"Every other person is doing politics over Muzaffarnagar riots. After being released from prison, he (Lalu) went to Muzaffarnagar. He is engaged in sycophancy of Congress," Mulayam lashed out at Lalu while addressing party workers at an event organised to observe the death anniversary of socialist leader Raj Narain here on Tuesday.

Imitating Lalu's style, Mulayam said: "He says 'Rahul Gandhi is my leader, Sonia Gandhi is my leader'. Jao Congress ki chaploosi karo... He says 'Mulayam will not be allowed to become PM'. Earlier, I was not allowed to become the PM. It is not a new thing, everybody knows you. You are licking the feet of Congress, lick it."

Continuing his tirade against Lalu, Mulayam said the RJD leader may side with any party even the BJP. "But SP does not compromise on its ideals for gaining power," he added.

Lalu had visited relief camps of riot victims in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday and blamed the SP government of Uttar Pradesh for the poor condition of the people residing there. He even had called up Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asking him to make proper arrangements in the camps. Mulayam countered it by saying the state government has provided maximum relief, which is "unprecedented" in the country. "Minorities are unhappy with the Congress. We have given compensation, accused will be punished," he stated.

The acrimony between Lalu and Mulayam dates back to 1997 when Lalu had allegedly scuttled Mulayam's chances of becoming the PM after the then prime minister H D Deve Gowda had resigned. Mulayam also claimed that he will soon visit Bihar "as people of Bihar want him to tour the state".

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