We will chase away BJP from UP: Lalu Yadav
Attacking the PM Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday said they have come to Uttar Pradesh to strengthen the ruling Samajwadi Party and “chase away” BJP from the state like they did in Bihar.
“We are here to strengthen SP. We have chased away BJP in Bihar. Just like ‘geedad’ (jackal) is chased away we will chase away BJP from UP too,” Lalu said before leaving SP’s silver jubilee celebrations.
Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda also attended the celebration. Asked about the possibility of coalition, the former Prime Minister said, “We are not in field here. A situation might arise after UP, Gujarat and Punjab polls. We are here to attend silver jubilee celebrations on the invitation of SP.”
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said they have come to attend the SP function as they have “old relations” with SP.
“There are no talks of coalition now. Mulayam Singh Yadav can tell better. SP is the bigger party here. Talking much on this will not be appropriate at this time,” he said.
In what can be an apparent hint that the family feud hasn’t yet ended, Shivpal Yadav, in his opening address took a dig at nephew Akhilesh when he said, “No matter how much you insult me, no matter how many times you dismiss me, I know that I have done good work.”
“Some people achieve things because of their luck, others have to work hard for it. Some people can simply inherit success, while some people sacrifice themselves and still don’t get anything,” Shipal, who has been relieved of his Cabinet portfolios for the second time in two months, said.
The Samajwadi Party has been attempting to project a show of unity following infighting, and put up a united front at Akhilesh Yadav’s Vikas Rath Yatra on Thursday.