May 7, 2017
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Making Akhilesh Chief Minister was a mistake

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Samajwadi patron Mulayam Singh Yadav hit out at the alliance with Congress for the party’s debacle in the recent state elections. He also said that making Akhilesh the chief minister was a mistake. He said though the Congress left no stone unturned to “ruin” his life, his son Akhilesh Yadav forged an alliance with the party in the the run up to the assembly polls.

“Alliance with Congress is responsible for the present poor state of the party. I had advised Akhilesh not to go ahead with it but he did so. The SP is itself responsible for its defeat and not the people of the state”, he told reporters in Mainpuri. Mulayam was here to unveil a statue of martyr Dharmendra Yadav in Junesa village in Karhal area.

Attacking the Congress further, Mulayam said, “Congress left no stone unturned to ruin my life. It (Congress) lodged cases against me and Akhilesh forged alliance with it”. To a question on his brother Shivpal Yadav deciding to form a new front, he said efforts should be made to strengthen the Samajwadi Party.

It was my mistake that I made Akhilesh chief minister. From 224 we were reduced to 47. And it is when I went to Jaunpur for supporting Shivpal. I should have been the chief minister,” said Mulayam.

Shivpal, who retained the Jaswantnagar Assembly seat during the recent elections, has said that a secular front would be formed if Akhilesh Yadav did not hand over the reins of the party back to his father Mulayam in three months.

On Shivpal Yadav’s comment terming Ramgopal Yadav as “Shakuni”, Mulayam said, “Whatever he (Shivpal) said is true. Attempts were made to ensure his defeat and money was also spent for it”. The SP patron also attacked Prime Minister Narendar Modi and dubbed him as a “liar”.

“Modi had lied to the people and promised Rs 15 lakh in every account but even Rs 15,000 was not given,” he said. The Samajwadi Party had witnessed a bitter feud between uncle Shivpal and nephew Akhilesh in the run up to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

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