With two months to go for the Lok Sabha election 2019, this is as big a bombshell that the former Samajwadi Party chief could have dropped. That too with Sonia Gandhi sitting right beside him.
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday backed the incumbent prime minister, Narendra Modi, for the coveted post. His exact words were: “Meri kaamna hai ki pradhaanmantri ji aap phirse pradhaanmantri banein. Mera anubhav hai ki main jab bhi aap se mila, aapne turant mera kaam kiya [I wish that PM Modi, you should become the prime minister again. I have experienced that whenever I met you, you got my work done instantly.]”
Mulayam Singh Yadav said this in his departure note at the Lok Sabha on the last day of the session. This was the last session before the big general election due in April/May.
The statement threw the political circles in a tizzy, drawing unexpected reactions from Parliamentarians sitting beside Mulayam. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, perhaps, the one leader who started the Opposition’s drive to “uproot” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the political circles in India, had a smile on her face.
Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remark also comes at a time when the whole of the Opposition has assembled in New Delhi to lead a protest against the Modi-led Central government.
Mulayam’s own Samajwadi Party is also a party of this rally.
In fact, Mulayam’s son Akhilesh Yadav’s sole motive, by his own admission, for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, is to drive the BJP away from the Centre. He has forged an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.