Amidst talks of a split in the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav today issued stern warnings to UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and challenged the latter, saying the youth of the state are still with him. Mulayam also asked Akhilesh to learn from PM Modi. “Look at PM Modi. He became PM with dedication and struggle. He comes from a poor family, says he can’t leave his mother.”
Mulayam recalled how Shivpal and Amar Singh have helped him in building the party. About Shivpal, he said, “I will never forget the work Shivpal has done for me and Samajwadi Party.”
On Amar Singh he said: “Amar Singh is my brother. I can’t leave Amar Singh or Shivpal Yadav. All of Amar Singh’s sins are forgiven.” Mulayam attacked Akhilesh, saying, “I tell Akhilesh things but he focuses on other things. Abusing people does not help.”
He further said: “Drunkards and goons have been added to the party. You get some power and it goes to your head. Shivpal Yadav is leader of the masses.” In a stern warning to the UP CM, Mulayam said: “I am not a weak person, even today. Do not think that the youth is not with me.”
Mulayam rued that instead of fighting weaknesses, Samajwadi Party members are fighting amongst ourselves. “Some ministers are just busy being sycophants. And people who can’t think big can’t be a minister.”
In a message to SP leaders who are making tall claims and raising slogans, Mulayam said they would not be able to tolerate even one lathi blow. Shivpal had earlier asked Mulayam to take control of the party as Akhilesh talks of forming a new party of his own.
During his speech, Akhilesh had attacked Amar Singh, without taking his name directly. Shivpal, who strongly supports Amar Singh, said the latter would not be thrown out of the party.
Mulayam left several advises for Akhilesh. “The one who cannot think big or digest criticism, cannot become a big leader.”