Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comment one of the main players in efforts to forge a grand opposition coalition to take on PM Modi
New Delhi:MNN:Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comment one of the main players in efforts to forge a grand opposition coalition to take on PM Modi.
Mulayam Singh Yadav Samajwadi Party patriarch, in a jaw-dropping departure from the opposition and his own party line, said
he “prayed” for Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s return to power, during speeches to mark the last sitting of the Lok Sabha today before the national election.
Rahul Gandhi said he disagreed but “he respects Mulayam Singh’s opinion
However, the comments by Yadav did not find support from his own party.
“I don’t have knowledge about the context in which Netaji said it. But we want change of government at centre.
The prime minister himself will lose from his constituency,” news agency ANI quoted Samajwadi Party leader Ravidas Mehrotra as saying.
Yadav’s comments have come at a time when his son and the Samajawadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav is trying to cobble up an opposition unity to defeat the Modi government in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Under Akhilesh Yadav, the SP buried its long rivalry with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to enter an alliance in a bid to challenge the BJP in Uttar Pradesh,
where the ruling party had won 71 of 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2014.
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Shivpal Yadav’s party is likely to contest a few seats in Uttar Pradesh in the parliamentary polls.
His outfit was completely ignored by the SP-BSP alliance which took the parties like Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD),
Nishad Party in consideration but the former formidable SP leader was apparently not consulted in the process.
The senior Yadav has tried to strike a balance between his son Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shivpal Yadav, who was his Man Friday for over two decades in running the Samajwadi Party.