Minus Akhilesh, there is no Samajwadi Party: Ram Gopal Yadav
"In 2012 people gave a clear mandate to Akhilesh, people voted on the name of Akhilesh. If he wasn't popular would he have won?"
New Delhi/Lucknow: Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav on Tuesday accused party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of not being neutral in the ongoing feud in the party and added that concerted efforts are being made to demolarise Akhilesh Yadav.
Speaking to reporters, Ram Gopal Yadav said, “In 2012 people gave a clear mandate to Akhilesh, people voted in the name of Akhilesh. If he wasn't popular, would he have won?”
Claiming that Akhilesh has support among the masses, Yadav said, “Minus Akhilesh there is no Samajwadi Party. My aim is to ensure that Akhilesh becomes chief minister again and I will do whatever I can to ensure that.”
On whether he has advised Akhilesh on the way forward, Yadav said, “I have advised him to go out among the people and he is starting on November 3. In a week, his opponents will know the reality.”
Ram Gopal, who is a cousin brother of Mulayam, added that the Samajwadi party supremo has rebuked Akhilesh publicly a number of times – testing the CM's patience for far too long.
On Amar Singh, Ram Gopal said, “Amar Singh abused Netaji (Mulayam) after he left the party. He fielded candidates in all constituencies but he failed to win even a single seat.”
Amar Singh was not entertained by any other party and eventually he fought the Lok Sabha election on Lok Dal symbol but he lost. He managed to win just 21,000 votes and forfeited his deposit.
On Mulayam's assertion that Amar Singh saved him from going to jail, Ram Gopal said, “Netaji should have thought twice before making such a statement, it is a nonsensical statement. Did SC let off Netaji on the behest of Amar Singh, did Amar Singh fix the CBI, Supreme Court?”
The estranged Yadav family member rued that Mulayam Singh is not neutral anymore.
Ram Gopal said that he was expelled as the national general secretary in an unconstitutional manner but he doesn't intend to pursue the matter any further.
He also rejected the allegation that he was behind a move to form a new party by breaking the Samajwadi Party.