Mulayam urges socialist leaders to unite to tackle key issues

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 associates.

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.