Lucknow: To stop "communal forces" in their tracks, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday asked party leaders to go closer to workers at the grassroots level and repeat the party's grand performance in 2017 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
Describing party workers as the backbone of the organisation, he said ministers must spend more time in their respective districts and constituencies and listen to the grievances.
He was addressing a meeting of the ruling party's newly reconstituted state executive, seen as a strategy session to checkmate BJP, which had won 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
In a strong message, Mulayam asked partymen to stand united against "communal forces" so as to achieve success in 2017 Assembly polls.
The state executive meet was attended by SP national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav and state unit president Akhilesh Yadav, besides other senior leaders.
Mulayam said he was aware of what the state ministers were doing. "But this is not enough," he said and advised them to spend more time in their respective district and constituency and ensure implementation of developmental schemes launched by the state government.
"Only SP can defeat communal forces. People of the state know it. You (party leaders) should stand united and fight these forces," he said.