Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday was asked to comment on Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comments hoping for Narendra Modi’s return as prime minister. Gandhi, who recently asked Modi to be tried for treason over the Rafale scam, said that he respected Mulayam’s opinion.
“I disagree with him. But Mulayam Singh Yadav has a role in politics and I respect his opinion,” Mr Gandhi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Gandhi’s comments assume significance given that his mother and the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi did not appear amused by Mulayam’s comments even as the entire parliament burst into laughter.
Speaking on the last day of the parliament, Mulayam Singh Yadav had said, “I want to congratulate the PM that he tried to move ahead taking everyone along. I hope all members win…We (the opposition) may not be able to secure the majority (in parliamentary polls). So, I hope that you (PM Modi) become the prime minister again.”
Modi had thanked Mulayam and said that he was grateful to have received his blessings ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Today was the last day of the parliament before the Lok Sabha polls, which is expected to see a bitter fight between Modi and Mulayam’s son Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh. Akhilesh has forged an alliance with rival Mayawati to fight the BJP in a bid to ensure that the saffron party doesn’t succeed in repeating the success of 2014, when it won 73 out of 80 parliamentary seats in the state.
Several pre-poll surveys have predicted a rout for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh if the SP-BSP combine fight elections with electoral understanding with the Congress.