[India], Feb 13 (ANI): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday disagreed with Samajwadi Party (SP) stalwart Mulayam Singh Yadav, who earlier today heaped praises on Narendra Modi and wished that he returns as Prime Minister for the second term after 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
"I disagree with him. But Mulayam Singh Yadav has a role in politics and I respect his opinion," Rahul told media here.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose party led by his son Akhilesh Yadav is campaigning to oust Modi, said in the Lok Sabha today that 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.
Acknowledging with folded hands, Prime Minister 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 was later 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)