With the Lok Sabha elections not too far away, here’s a big a bombshell that the former Samajwadi Party chief could have dropped.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister backed the incumbent prime minister, Narendra Modi, for the coveted post. His exact words were: “Meri
Mulayam Singh Yadav said this in his departure note at the Lok Sabha on the last day of the Parliament session. This was the last session before the Lok Sabha election due in April/May.
The statement threw the political circles into a tizzy, drawing unexpected reactions from Parliamentarians sitting beside Mulayam. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, perhaps, the one leader who started the Opposition’s drive to “uproot” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the political circles in India, had a smile on her face.
Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remark also comes at a time when the whole of the Opposition has assembled in New Delhi to lead a protest against the Modi-led Central government.
Mulayam’s own Samajwadi Party is also a part of this rally.
In fact, Mulayam’s son Akhilesh Yadav’s sole motive, by his own admission, for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, is to drive the BJP away from the Centre. He has forged an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.
Mulayam’s own party member, however, begs to differ. SP leader Ravidas Mehrotra told: I don’t know why he said that. But we want a change of government at the Centre. And we are sure Modi will lose from his constituency.
When asked about this unexpected turn of event, or comment, Mulayam’s brother Ram Gopal Yadav looked baffled and disapproved of the notion altogether.
Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) chief Sharad Yadav told India Today TV: “Mulayam ji is not our priority. Modi has already been exposed. Koi kapdey utarna baaki nahin raha abb…”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi also disagrees. In a press briefing about the Rafale jet deal in New Delhi, he said, “I don’t agree with him. But I respect his opinion.”
PM Modi, on his part, also smiled at Mulayam Singh’s assertion and later, in his valedictory address, said he was filled with humility.