Mulayam Blames Arrogance Of Coalition For SP’s Debacle
Lucknow: Mulayam Singh, the patriarch of Samajwadi Party, refused to blame his son Akhilesh Yadav directly for the stunning defeat in the just concluded Assembly elections. He said on Sunday that his party faced worse defeats in the past and bounced back into the reckoning. This time too, the party would win back the trust of the people. He said the people have believed the tall promises made by the BJP and gave it their votes.
Talking to Prerna Katiyar of The Economic Times on Saturday, the day of results, Mulayam said it is the arrogance of the alliance that was responsible for SP’s defeat. ‘Ghatbandhan Nahi hota to Samajwadi Sarkar bantithi’ ( Had there been no alliance, Samajwadi Party government would have been formed), the founder of the party commented. “Anyone who says I supported the alliance or that I would have campaigned for it is lying. I have publicly opposed the alliance with the Congress. Congress Ko yahan koi pasand Nahi Karta(No one likes Congress here).”
When pressed to aportion blame on some one for the defeat, Mulayam referred to his brother Shivpal Yadav’s remark that arrogance of alliance was responsible for the loss. Shivpal has won his seat with a comfortable majority. But Mulayam’s younger daughter-in-law Aparna lost in Lucknow cantonment to Rita Joshi Bahuguna of the BJP. Mulayam said it was not the proper constituency for Aparna. It has 3 lakh votes in which Yadavs are less than 6000. A rural constituency where people consider bahu as beti would have been suitable for her. He said Aparna is still young and she gained experience in electioneering.
He conceded that it is BJP’s day. It is a big win and he had seen it coming. Mulayam had campaigned for Minister Prajapathi also. The minister not only lost in Amethi, he was on the run since he is facing rape charges.
The patriarch said it is time for going to the people and rebuild the party. He said his wife Sadhana did not say any thing against Akhilesh. She only said the party founder should not have been insulted. As far as Amar Singh is concerned, Mulayam said his friend has reason to be angry since he was insulted.