Mulayam projects himself for PM's job AZAMGARH: Launching Samajwadi Party's campaign for the 2014 general elections with an impressive rally in Azamgarh on Tuesday, the party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday projected himself as a 'tough leader' fit for the post of prime minister and dumped BJP's PM nominee Narendra Modi saying that he was available only at two places - Gujarat and TV. He also described Manmohan Singh as a weak prime minister. The SP boss has been dropping hints about his ambition for prime ministership but it was for the first he spoke publicly. He said that he was competent enough to take quick and right decision when required. Accusing the UPA government of handling the enemy at the borders with kid glove, Mulayam said "I am revealing this today. When I was the defence minister and an Indian helicopter was shot down by Pakistan on the borders killing five Indian officers and jawans, we described the incident as an accident before the media but the same day I held a meeting with army chiefs and asked them to give a befitting reply to Pakistan. In the operation that followed, we destroyed more than 45 Pakistani bunkers and damaged another 70 plus. More than 100 enemy solders must have lost their lives in the operation. All through the next 31 months that I was the defence minister not a single Indian casualty was reported from the borders." Mulayam said he also took a tough stand against China. "The Congress and the BJP talk of Pakistan as the only threat at the Indian borders because it is weak. They however dare not to challenge China. If Pakistan will destroy five cities in India, the latter will survive. But if India will destroy five cities in Pakistan, it will be wiped off," he said and added "India must take on China for all the mischief that it does at the borders". "The BJP-ruled the country with one of its tallest leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee as prime minister for six years. It was followed by 10 years of the Congress rule. But no development has taken place. They have given only scams and price rise. The country needs secular government which can also deliver development," he said. "If SP led government comes at the Center, it will show everyone how prices are brought under control and how backwards and farmers can be roped in to change the fate of India," Mulayam told a massive gathering at jam packed ITI ground waiting for for their leader to arrive. A host of folk singers and dance troups kept them engaged. The SP president said efforts for formation of third front were under way which he believed would form the government at the Centre after elections. "On Wednesday, six like-minded political parties are meeting in Delhi for formation of third front," he said, adding "the final picture would emerge only after declaration of Lok Sabha election results." He also talked about a situation where SP fails to anchor the government at the Centre. "In that case we will support the party which will give us in writing that it will work for the farmers, backwards and minorities in the country," Mulayam said. Focussing on his core vote bank farmers and Muslims, Mulayam lambasted Congress and BJP for neglecting them. He said that 'kisans' and 'musalmans' (farmers and Muslims) have contributed the most in India's development. "Farmers provide food to the country and Muslims technicians provide technical support. Who was the one who gave the first guided missile to India? He was former President APJ Abdul Kalam who is a Muslim. How can we talk about India without taking the contribution of farmers and Muslims into account?" Mulayam asked. The SP chief said that no development was complete without equality and social justice. He asked people in the rally to ensure the victory of SP in maximum possible seats in Lok Sabha elections in UP, so that the party can play an important role in formation of government at the Centre. The rally coincided with the end of the first phase of the 'samajik nyay yatra' and the 'adhikar yatra' launched by the party aimed to showcase work done by the SP government for the OBCs and to resolve that the party will continue to fight for them. One of the main objectives of the two yatras is to fight for the inclusion of 17 backward castes into scheduled castes (SC) category, which if done, will help the SP to broaden its base among OBCs. The OBCs, along with Muslims, constitute 45% of the population in UP. Mulayam is also trying to defend its OBC vote bank from aggressive poaching by the BJP under Modi's leadership. Earlier, targeting BJP, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav cautioned both the party cadre and the people against communal forces. He also reminded that how his government was fulfilling all the poll promises. Senior minister Azam Khan targeted both the RSS and Congress. "Only a couple of days after Rahul talked about ISI mobilizing Muzaffarnagar riot victims came the attack at the rally in Bihar and now a terror angle behind it has been unearthed. I believe that Rahul Gandhi has a direct link with the ISI or how else could he have talked about it," Azam said. Mulayam projects himself for PM's job - The Times of India ********************************************************************************* The 2014 election will be the most exciting election of India's independence. The chaos that is prevailing and the snafus and barbs with little substantive being offered and the fierce clamour for the PM's post by all and sundry will add to jamboree similar to the Spanish encierro or 'running of the bulls'. Pamplona, 2007. Bulls following some runners enter the bull ring, where the event ends. The bulls can be seen in the foreground and background of the picture. What a hypocrite is MSY wherein he claims to be a 'tough leader'. Tough? Ask Muzzafarnagar! Instead of being tough, he lived up to his name! I love all these politicians during election time. They claim great prowess that somehow seems to vanish in the air, when they assume office and are busy counting their fortunes and adding to it! Sharad Yadav claims that he is leading a conclave of 'like minded' parties to fight the corrupt UPA and the communal BJP and here comes, Mulayam stating that he is Numero Uno! And here is Mulayam who thinks he is the next PM! And Nitish Kumar too has aspirations to replace the hapless Manmohan!