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Mulayam urges socialist leaders to unite to tackle key issues

Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 22:40

New Delhi: Close on the heels of effecting
organisational changes within Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh
Yadav on Thursday called upon all socialist leaders to come together
in tackling issues of poverty, unemployment and price rise.

Addressing the condolence meeting of SP Rajya Sabha MP
Janeshewar Mishra (who passed away last week) here, Yadav
said, "let us take a vow on this occasion to take forward our
agitation against all the ills against which Janeshwarji had
fought for all his life. Issues of poverty, unemployment,
plight of farmers and price rise, all the causes were close to
his heart and all of us must address these unitedly."

The meeting was attended by JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav,
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, Congress leader Santosh
Bagrodia, RSP leader Abani Roy, BJP Rajya Sabha member Prabhat
Jha along with Mulayam`s son Akhilesh Yadav and brother Ram
Gopal Yadav, along with several socialist leaders and Mishra`s

Addressing all the leaders, Mulayam said that "we are
generally united on many issues, though we have often crossed
swords on some but difference of opinion happens everywhere.
However we all (socialists) belong to the same school of
thought and we have to take Janeshwarji`s legacy forward".

Describing his death as a "big blow which came at a
crucial time", Mulayam recounted his long association with the
departed leader.

Mulayam`s message of unity in the presence of CPI(M)
leader Sitaram Yechury and leaders of the erstwhile Janata Dal
family like Sharad Yadav, stood out in sharp contrast to the
deterioration in relations between SP and the Left in 2008
after the former had decided to support the UPA over the
nuclear deal.

Asked to comment on Mulayam`s statement later, SP
spokesman Mohan Singh said, "on many occasions we have fought
against each other (with Left parties), though there have been
occasions when we have been united on several issues also. I
think if we move together, it would be good for all."

Earlier while addressing the condolence meeting, Sitaram
Yechury also seemed to speak in the same vein.

While recalling his meetings with Janeshwar Mishra in
Parliament, Yechury said, "we always urged him (Mishra) to
bring together socialists and communists of all the parties
together to combat the prevailing adverse conditions affecting
the common man.

"I think to bridge the gap between shining India and
suffering India, there is a need to abide by Janeshwarji`s
socialist views and we should all unitedly move ahead to
address these problems."

He said that Janeshwar Mishra symbolised political
morality and it was also the axis of his views.

"At a time when standards of political morality have
fallen, Janeshwarji`s death has come as a big setback," the
CPI(M) leader said.


First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 22:40
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