Mulayam said that the decision was painful but he had no other option at that time as it was a question of country’s unity.
Samajwadi Party chief and then Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday expressed regret over his decision to order firing on karsevaks.
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In an exclusive interaction with Aaj Tak, the SP supremo said that the decision was painful but he had no other option at that time as it was a question of country’s unity. Mulayam Singh Yadav said that over eleven lakh karsevaks had gathered near the controversial site and he took the most appropriate decision at that time to maintain peace in the country.
“My name was finalised for the post of PM in 1996”
Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.
There have been reports in the political corridors that RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had acted spoilsports in Mulayam’s way to become prime minister in 1996. When asked about it, the SP chief refused to give a clear response but said that all prominent leaders of United Front like Jyoti Basu, Deve Gowda and Farooq Abdullah had agreed on his name but few leaders created obstruction and this is how he missed the chance of becoming prime minister.
“Not afraid of going to jail”
When asked about being under pressure from the Congress party to support them at centre to avoid arrest in disproportionate asset case, Mulayam said that he is not afraid of going to jail. He has already gone to jail several times in past and he is not afraid to going to jail.
He also said that those parties who had been doing politics by threatening others have now perished.
“Whole country will follow UP’s model of development”
Trashing Gujarat’s model of development, the SP chief said that the whole country will follow UP’s model of development in the coming time. Today everyone is praising Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s ‘Kanyadhan’ scheme in MP but I had already launched a similar scheme in UP ten years ago.
If we look at Gujarat model of development, I would like to ask Modi that what he has done for farmers and girls in his state? UP is the only state which has implemented recommendations of the Sachar Committee.
“What’s wrong if Sharad Pawar become PM?”
When asked about whom will Samajwadi Party support for the post of prime minister in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the SP supremo refused to give a clear answer but hinted that his party will have no problem on the name of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. What’s wrong if Sharad Pawar want’s to become prime minister? He has proved himself as a minister and a leader. As far as SP’s support to any person or party is concerned, we will decide after poll results.