Samajwadi patron Mulayam Singh Yadav today blamed the alliance with the Congress for the "poor" state of the party and said efforts should be made to strengthen the SP.
Hitting out at his son Akhilesh Yadav, senior Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh on Sunday said it was his mistake not to become the chief minister when the party won in 2012 assembly elections, reported news agency ANI. “Meri galti thi, humen hi banna chahiye that mukhyamantri, to aaj ye sthiti paida nahi hoti (It is my mistake, I should have become the chief minister then this situation would have not arisen),” he was quoted as saying by the agency.
He also blamed the alliance with Congress for Samajwadi Party’s poor performance in this year’s assembly elections. “Hamari zindagi barbaad karne mein Congress ne koi kami nahi rakhi, kitne cases lagaaye. Inhone Congress se gathbandhan kiya (Congress left no stone unturned to ruin my life. It (Congress) lodged cases against me and Akhilesh forged an alliance with it),” he said. 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 at Manipuri according to a report by PTI.
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When asked about Shivpal Yadav’s decision to form a new party, Mulayam Singh said efforts should be made to strengthen the Samajwadi Party. 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 Narendra Modi and dubbed him as a “liar”. “He (Modi) had lied to the people and promised Rs 15 lakh in every account but even Rs 15,000 was not given,” he said.
Samajwadi Party had a tough time because of a bitter feud between uncle Shivpal and nephew Akhilesh ahead of the assembly elections. The party managed to win only 54 seats despite forming an alliance with Congress, which was considerably low than 224 seats won in 2012.