Irked by the dismal electoral performance of the Samajwadi Party in Assembly election, party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav said that their was no need for the party to enter any alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The party patriarch's views were in sharp contrast with that of his son Akhilesh, who had only recently said that the party is open to ally with "like-minded" parties to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party. The differences between the father-son duo have made headlines even in the past, ever since Akhilesh unseated Mulayam to take control of the party, according to DNA.
Mulayam also blamed the media and voters for the party's electoral loss, however, the state BJP said that he was "putting a question mark on the wisdom of the people of the state".
Yadav claimed that the media only highlighted the family feud in the Samajwadi Party, while the people of Uttar Pradesh were "befooled" by the BJP.
"Despite rendering a good performance (by the Akhilesh Yadav government), the voters inflicted a defeat to the SP. The people were befooled by call of Chal Modi-Chal Modi, and they went with the BJP...The media only gave prominence to the family feud of the Samajwadi Party family. If the media had shown anarchy during the SP rule, it must highlight the same during regime of other parties as well," Yadav said while speaking to reporters in Etawah.
On the issue of change in leadership of the party following the drubbing in the UP Assembly polls in which SP got 47 seats, he said that for him the post of party chief is "meaningless".
"Which post did socialist ideologues Ram Manohar Lohia and Jai Prakash Narayan hold?," he asked. The SP patron also categorically mentioned that whatever be his next step, it would be in the interest of the party and people.
The state BJP said that the statement made by the SP chief indicated that he has not been able to digest the SP's electoral loss in the UP Assembly polls.
"SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav has not only questioned the decision of the voters of UP, but also raised questions on the wisdom of the people of the state," UP BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla told PTI.
Shukla claimed that similar statements were made by the SP patron, after the BJP registered a landslide win in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"The people of Uttar Pradesh have given a historic verdict in favour of the BJP. Instead of questioning the wisdom of the people of the state, the SP should introspect the reasons for its defeat, the mis-governance unleashed by it and the rampant corruption, which prevailed during its rule, else the SP will not be able to retain even its family bastions in 2019 Lok Sabha elections," the BJP spokesperson said.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Apr 17, 2017 14:17 PM