13-min peak in high drama
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was in the Lok Sabha and his arch rival Mayawati outside. As it turned out, it was she who trumped him in their contest.
BSP leader Dara Singh Chouhan rose at 5.38 pm, in the middle of Commerce Minister Anand Sharma’s speech, to declare the BSP’s walkout. Chouhan and his deputy Dr Baliram, it is learnt, had been summoned by Mayawati about an hour earlier to take instructions on the party’s final strategy, which they put into effect before Mulayam could put his.
“The honorable minister appears to have taken note of points raised by the Leader of Opposition. Our party is not in agreement (with the minister) and we are staging a walkout,” Chouhan interrupted Sharma.
It was quite clear that Mulayam was taken aback. He was seen trying to collect himself, especially after having been foxed by Chouhan, whom he had sent to the Rajya Sabha during his SP days.
Mulayam’s deputy Rewati Raman Singh and SP chief whip Shailendra Kumar, both sitting behind Yadav, went into discussions with the chief. It was 13 tense minutes before Mulayam eventually made his move. Holding his papers in his left hand and his microphone in
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