Congress veteran Narain Dutt Tiwari says he wants to see Mulayam Singh Yadav in the prime minister’s seat while Mulayam says he is not in the race at all. Tiwari and Mulayam continued to fox political circles for the second day without revealing anything in so many words.
On Saturday, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav visited the 87-year-old three-time UP CM at the latter’s bungalow here sparking off speculations about a new political equation in the making.
On Sunday, Tiwari returned the visit and repeated his desire to see Mulayam in the prime minister’s chair. However, senior Congress leader Harish Rawat has said Tiwari’s meeting with Mulayam was personal and had no political relevance.
For his part, Mulayam said, “I am not in the race for prime ministership.” However, he was quick to add that he was not even in line for UP chief ministership (in 2003) but circumstances propelled him into that saddle. “In politics, circumstances play an important role. It all depends on how things turn out,” he said.
Tiwari sang praises of Mulayam but did not say anything definitive about any new political plans. He described Mulayam as his “dear younger brother”. He said he was an old “Samajwadi” (socialist) and that his “vichardhara” (thought process) and Mulayam’s was the same. On FDI, he said he supported the Congress policy while Mulayam said his party would decide its stand during discussion in the Lok Sabha.
Political watchers feel Mulayam is playing a smart political game by getting Tiwari on his side, even if the Congress veteran does not join the SP. Tiwari could help Mulayam get a foothold in Uttarakhand while he could also help the SP garner Brahmin votes in UP in the run-up to the next Lok Sabha election.