New Delhi, Sept 8: Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday asked how Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is claiming to have secular credentials all of a sudden.
“Who is secular? People who ran the government with the BJP’s support for 12 years? They are secular all of a sudden?” asked the Samajwadi Party chief, adding “My party has consistently opposed the BJP. Look at what is happening in Bihar.”
Yadav further said many of his party workers were injured while fighting the BJP during the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992.
Earlier on Monday, the SP decided to fight the elections on its own thereby ending the nascent anti-BJP Grand alliance for the coming Bihar Assembly polls,
Announcing this in Patna, Bihar SP president Ramchandra Singh Yadav said the party will contest all 243 seats alone in the upcoming polls.
“SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, listening to sentiments of workers, went by the decision of the party’s Parliamentary Board to end ties with secular alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress, and contest alone in Bihar,” Yadav told reporters after a meeting of party districts chief.
He said that with SP walking out, the grand secular alliance in Bihar has virtually come to an end. “Now it will only be ‘lathbandhan'(clash of lathis) between JD(U) and RJD,” Yadav said.
SP’s change of mind follows its participation in the ‘Swabhiman Rally’ here on August 30, which was addressed among others by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
SP had contested 146 seats alone in Bihar in 2010 elections, but drew a blank. Poll records reveal that its candidates lost security deposits on majority of the seats in the last poll in the state.
Its performance in the 2005 February Assembly polls was better as it had won four out of 142 seats it fought, and subsequently in October 2005 the same year, which saw Nitish Kumar becoming chief minister following NDA victory, it secured just on two seats.
(With Agency Inputs)