Samajwadi Party veteran Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday said that he wants Narendra Modi to be the Prime Minister again. The former chief minister made this statement inside the Parliament on the last day of the Budget Session 2019.
“I want to congratulate PM Modi for taking everyone together. I want to say that every member should win again and you (Narendra Modi) become prime minister again. (PM ko badhaai dena chahta hun ki PM ne sabko saath lekar chalne ki koshish ki hai. Main kehna chahta hun ki saare sadaysa phir se jeet kar aayen, aur aap (PM) dobara pradhan mantri banein),” he said in the Lower House.
Ruling alliance members heartily cheered Yadav with chants of "Jai Shri Ram" as he praised Modi for "making efforts to take everyone along".
PM Modi acknowledged SP patriarch's praise with folded hands and later made a mention of Yadav's "blessings" in his speech.
The Samajwadi Party, which is led by his son Akhilesh Yadav, has joined hands with the BSP in Uttar Pradesh to take on the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
This is not the first time the two parties have joined hands but the alliance of SP-BSP, once the sworn enemies, came together 26 years after then Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party founder Kanshi Ram tied up in 1993. However, their acrimonious alliance could not last long and their government in Uttar Pradesh collapsed.
Political experts believe the SP-BSP alliance may prove a blow to the BJP's aspirations of repeating its 2014 performance when they won 71 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. In 2014, the SP had won five seats while Mayawati's BSP could not even open its account.