Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday surprised political circles here by acknowledging that the Modi factor would benefit the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha election. While speaking at a function to mark veteran leader Raj Narain’s death anniversary, Mulayam also came down heavily against one-time ally Lalu Prasad Yadav for visiting the Muzaffarnagar riot victims’ relief camps.
Mulayam has so far said that Modi will have no effect in Uttar Pradesh. But on Tuesday, he admitted that the BJP may win 30-40 seats more in 2014 in comparison to 2009. However, he added, that the BJP would not be able to form the government on its own. He also said that Congress would also lose and the Third Front would come to power after elections. He dubbed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav as a sycophant who was “licking the feet” of Congress leaders.
Mulayam said opposition parties were playing politics over Muzaffarnagar riots. Without taking Lalu’s name, he said “Some person (Lalu) reached there immediately after being released from jail. He had said in the past that he would not allow Mulayam to become prime minister. He has said the same thing now. Who wants his support for becoming the PM. He was the person who opposed me when I could have become the PM… who is asking him about my future,” he added.
Mulayam also accused Lalu of partnering with different parties just to grab power. “SP men can never abandon their policies and will not divert from them. We have never compromised for grabbing power like Lalu, who had sided even with BJP for power,” the SP chief charged.
Mulayam said the SP government had tried its best to compensate the damage during the riots.
“After Independence, so many riots took place. No government has ever helped riot victims the way in which SP government did. We have distributed Rs90 crore,” he said.