Don't punish me for UP govt's wrongdoings: Mulayam
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has urged people not to punish him in the Lok Sabha elections for the wrongdoings of the government headed by son Akhilesh Yadav.
Speaking at a function to observe the 47th death anniversary of socialist ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia, where Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was also present, Mulayam said: "We (Samajwadi Party state government) keep saying so many sops were given....but it is the proper attitude and a nice conduct by ministers, workers and legislatures that makes a party successful."
Mulayam said the attitude and conduct of ministers have 'changed' over a period of time after coming to power. "Hence I am forced to say people are keeping an eye on the attitude of people sitting in power," said the SP chief, referring to SP ministers and legislators accused of misconduct.
"If proper conduct is not there, it will cause problems for all, including me. Lok Sabha elections are nearing, and I want to know whether you will send me to Delhi or send me back," he said.
Turning to the people, Mulayam said: "Don't take revenge on me if there is any fault on the part of the state government. If any wrongdoing has been committee, then it is the ministers who are responsible."
His observation comes a day after Raja Bhaiya was reinducted into the UP cabinet, seven months after he stepped down over his alleged involvement in the conspiracy to kill DySP of Kunda, Zia-Ul-Haq.