Debating India

Rahul Gandhi has no stature: Mulayam

Thursday 10 June 2004

LUCKNOW: Reeling under Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s attack on the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday hit back saying the situation in Mumbai and Delhi was bad and claimed it was not easy to remove him from power.

" Rahul Gandhi ki haisiyat nahin ki hum unka naam le (Rahul Gandhi’s stature is not such that I take his name)," Yadav said reacting to Gandhi’s comments on law and order and power situation in the state and the need for regime change.

"The law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh is better than any other state in the country," he said adding those passing adverse comments should first look at the situation in Mumbai and Delhi. The two cities topped the crime graph in the country, he claimed.

Asked if he suspected any move to dislodge his government Yadav said it was not an easy job to remove him.

" Sab jaante hain ki sarkar ko hatana itna aasaan nahin hai (everybody knows it is not easy to dislodge my government)," he said.

On the strained relationship with the Congress Yadav said his party was supporting it despite undergoing humiliations.

On party General Secretary Amar Singh’s recent meeting with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Yadav said no political meaning should be derived from it.

"Vajpayee had some complaints about ordering a probe into the death of BJP MLA and Lok Sabha candidate from Gonda Ghanshyam Shukla last month," he said adding the state government would soon take a decision in this regard.

On Congress claims of Akhilesh Singh’s movement in the the state legislature, Yadav said "he has been elected to the Vidhan Sabha on a Congress ticket.

"As long as someone is in the Congress or the BJP he is a saint but he becomes a mafia the moment he supports the Samajwadi Party," he said.

Akhilesh Singh’s name figured in an FIR for attack on Rae Bareli Congress leader Krishna Pratap Singh.

Akhilesh, an MLA from Rae Bareli Sadar, had floated the Akhil Bharatiya Congress Dal on being expelled from Congress after his name figured in a murder case last year and now supports the SP.

Taking a dig at the UPA government at the Centre, The UP Chief Minister remarked "passengers are being murdered in speeding trains."

Defending Akhilesh, he said "we would support him if there is any injustice with him."

See online : The Times of India


in The Times of India, June 10, 2004.

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