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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

Beni, Mulayam warfare continues

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, March 31 (

Showing no signs of relenting in his tirade against ruling Samajwad Party in Uttar Pradesh, Union minister Beni Prasad Verma on Saturday alleged the party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has "cheated minorities" and had a tacit understanding with the BJP.

The Gonda MP alleged that there was an understanding between Mulayam and BJP leader LK Advani in 1998 due to which the SP supremo was able to form government in UP in 2003 in spite of having only 135 MLAs.

"In 1998, when Atal Behari Vajpayee's government fell by one vote, he (Mulayam) had promised to support Sonia Gandhi. "Later in the night, he had a talk with Advani at Jaya Jaitely's residence ... There Mulayam asked Advani that he will not make effort to form the government, and in return the BJP leader asked him not to support Sonia and it was decided."

Beni claimed that Advani in his book has written that he would thank Mulayam that he followed his advice and later got five years term.

"As a reward, he (Mulayam) became the chief minister again in 2003. He had only 135 MLAs, Vajpayee was the Prime Minister and Vishnu Kant Shastri was the governor ... Can a person having 135 MLAs could form a government in UP without the support of the ruling party," he alleged.

He alleged that anti-defection law existed even at that time, but MLAs were brought and the then Vidhan Sabha speaker Kesari Nath Tripathi validated all. "It was always Mulayam's objective that Congresss should not revive in UP," he alleged. Beni alleged that it was his political analysis that Mulayam had always cheated minorities.

Firing a fresh salvo at the Samajwadi Party (SP), Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma has said that Mulayam Singh Yadav’s party will win only four seats in the Lok Sabha polls and there will be a “funeral procession for the party.” Beni , who recently triggered a storm by stating that Yadav allegedly has “terrorist links”, said “Congress will fight all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP and will win 40.

Akhilesh attacks Congress

Meanwhile, Mulayam's son and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday launched a blistering attack on the Congress, alleging anybody who does not act according to its wishes faces "persecution" through CBI.

Akhilesh claimed that the UPA will suffer heavily in the next Lok Sabha elections due to "widespread dissatisfaction" among the people of the country.

Talking to reporters, Akhilesh however made it clear that the SP will "continue to support the UPA government to keep communal forces at bay" even as he asserted "we are fully prepared for the elections, whenever they take place".

Asked about the party supremo's statement that elections could take place as early as November this year, the UP CM said "political developments and media reports hint at such a possibility".

- Asian Tribune -

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