Samajwadi Party (SP) stalwart Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday heaped praise on Narendra Modi and wished that he returned as the Prime Minister, a comment for which the latter thanked him.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose party led by his son Akhilesh Yadav is campaigning to oust Modi, said the Prime Minister has tried to take everybody along.
“I congratulate the Prime Minister because he has tried to take everybody along. I want to say that all members must win and come again and Narendra Modi should become the Prime Minister again,” he said in Lok Sabha.
Acknowledging with folded hands, Modi thanked Mulayam Singh Yadav twice for his laudatory remark.
"We began very well, but could not complete all that we wanted to. There is a lot more to be done, for which we now have Mulayam Singh Yadav’s blessings. I would like to thank Mulayam ji for his valuable words," the Prime Minister said, addressing the concluding session of the Lower House..
The SP veteran's stance is being perceived as a jolt to the efforts of Akhilesh Yadav who had joined hands with the BSP to counter the BJP in the general elections.
In January, the SP and BSP forged an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls posing a formidable challenge to the ruling BJP at the Centre. Among all states, Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of 80 Lok Sabha seats and plays a crucial role in government formation at the Centre. (ANI)