The Congress on Tuesday said the break-up between Samajwadi Party and Kalyan Singh was as “opportunistic” as their alliance.
“Do these people (Mulayam Singh and Kalyan Singh) join one another on the issue of any ideology?” AICC general secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh asked. He said, “their alliance was opportunistic and so is their break-up.”
Mr. Singh was speaking to reporters after meeting AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi at his residence along with Firozabad MP Raj Babbar and West Lucknow MLA Shyam Kishore Shukla, who were elected in the recent Lok Sabha and Assembly by-polls respectively in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr. Babbar, though declined to criticise Kalyan Singh and Mulayam Singh saying they are very senior to him, said, “some fire-balls give light while burning, others only burn and cause injury to others“.
He, however, refused to specify who was affected by the break-up.
Asked if Rahul Gandhi was disappointed with the party’s poor performance in Bundelkhand region in Assembly by-polls, Digvijay Singh replied in the negative and expressed the confidence that the ruling BSP will lose in the 2012 elections in the State.
“No, you understand it’s the government and not the party, which fights all by-elections in Uttar Pradesh. When Mulayam Singh was the chief minister, they (Samajwadi Party) won all the by-elections. But, in the general election, they lost very badly. This will happen to BSP in 2012 as well.”