Lucknow: In what can possibly make the Samajwadi Party an object of ridicule, the party's chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said that the laptops his party's government distributed in Uttar Pradesh aided Narendra Modi to win 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
While addressing the national convention of the party's women's wing, Mulayam Singh said that his party lost LS polls because people heard Modi's campaign speeches and saw his pictures and videos on the laptops the SP government has distributed.
In order to garner enough votes for 2012 Assembly elections, Akhilesh Yadav had promised free laptops to the students. The government has in the last two years distributed over 27 lakh laptops among students.
Rephrasing Mulayam's comment, SP leader CP Rai told ANI that all netaji (Mulayam) meant was that the SP launched the laptop scheme, but someone else got benefited.However, Mulayam's comment gave enough opportunity to the opposition parties to take potshot at him.
Accusing SP government of luring electorate by such schemes, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that people are not impressed by such free schemes, but by the vision of a leader and this is why UP voted for BJP.
Another BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi told ANI that Mulayam Singh is an acceptance of reality, instruments can be provided but not inspiration.
Congress leader and former MP Sandeep Dikshit said, “I believe Mulayam Singh meant that the facility his government provided did not favour him.