Exhorts partymen to gear for the ‘big fight’ in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls

With his sights set on the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh exhorted his partymen to give it all they had, as “neither the Congress, nor the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were in a position to win a clear mandate.”

Mr. Singh said the regional parties, especially the SP, would be in a position to play an important role in the “formation of the next government at the Centre.”

Even as the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister stressed the need to strengthen the party’s organisational set-up, he said the objectives of 2014 could be achieved only if the party was united and the workers ready for the ‘big fight.’

Addressing the one-day State Executive meeting here on Saturday, Mr. Singh cautioned the partymen against the conspiracy by political rivals and warned the Ministers and office-bearers that they should ensure that charges of corruption and parochialism were not levelled against the Uttar Pradesh government.

As he drew a parallel with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) regime, Mr. Singh said the style of functioning of the SP government should be different. “Since the government has been formed for the welfare of the people, realisation should dawn upon the ‘janata’ that this is “their” government,” the SP president said.

Mr. Singh, who last week had expressed his anger at the functioning of the government headed by his son Akhilesh Yadav, said the indulgence of the workers in the “transfer and posting” business should end. He counselled the Ministers against being arrogant in public dealings.

Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, in his address, assured his father and the rest of the gathering at the party headquarters that “Netaji’s dreams would be fulfilled, administrative efficiency improved, power situation eased and the rule of law established.”

The Chief Minister said his government would ensure that the promises made to the people were fulfilled and new development schemes for public welfare launched.