Congress leader Rashid Alvi sparked off a controversy on Thursday by dubbing Mulayam Singh Yadav as the “biggest agent” of the BJP, attracting instant disapproval from his party and others.
“I don’t know if you would like it or not but I have been saying it for the last 10 years that if there is anybody who is the biggest agent of BJP, it is Mulayam Singh Yadav. If anybody dances to the tunes of BJP, it is Mulayam Singh Yadav,” Alvi, a Congress Party spokesperson, said at a public meeting here on Wednesday night.
The remarks were slammed by the Congress Party with General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi making it clear that the party did “not approve of this. The Congress has always been in favor of uniting the secular forces.”
The SP backs the UPA government at the center from outside and also bailed out the ruling alliance from a tricky spot in the presidential race by breaking ranks with Trinamool Congress and choosing to back the Congress nominee, Pranab Mukherjee.
The SP, on its part, said the remarks were uncalled for.
“I hope Rashid Alvi has taken permission of his leader Sonia Gandhi and other leaders before making such statements....If he is making the statement without any permission, the party should take action against him. Whatever may be the context, making such statements is uncalled for,” said Shahid Siddiqui.
Alvi later clarified that his remarks should be seen in the light of campaigning for the Municipal Corporation elections in Uttar Pradesh, where all parties are speaking against each other including the Congress and the Samajwadi Party.