Press Esc to close
Friday 28 July 2017
News updated at 2:15 PM IST

SP chief praises Advani, calls him 'tallest leader'

Lucknow, Mar 23, 2013, DHNS: 1:48 IST
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s love for the saffron came to the fore once again on Saturday, as he publicly praised on senior BJP leader L K Advani, calling him the country’s “tallest leader.”

“Advaniji desh ke sabse baade neta hain. Woh kabhi jhoot nahin bolte (Advani is the tallest leader in the country. He never lies),” Yadav said at a function here on the occasion of the 103rd birth anniversary of socialist ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia.

“Advani had told me that corruption prevailed in Uttar Pradesh and the law and order situation in the state was not good. I believe him because he never lies,” Yadav said, criticising SP leaders for failing to live up to the expectations of the people.

The SP supremo caused a flutter among BJP leaders here with his remark that Advani and other saffron leaders had told him that they wanted the SP government to “stay and do well” in the state.

Yadav said he will meet Advani again and ask him to identify the corrupt elements in the state. This is not the first instance of Yadav reaching out to the BJP. Yadav had reportedly remarked that he would have no problems in fostering friendly ties with the BJP if the party changed its stand on the Kashmir and the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issues and its attitude towards the Muslims.

However, his overtures did not go down well with Muslim clerics and “shocked” Muslim leaders of his own party in the state. The Muslim clerics had sought to ask Yadav if he was ready to forgive Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the communal riots there. “Will he also forgive the BJP for the demolition of the Babri Masjid,” they had asked.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calling on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan...

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calling on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan...

Wrestlers practice for the 'Dangal Akhada' on the eve of Nag Panchami festival in Jabalpur...

Wrestlers practice for the 'Dangal Akhada' on the eve of Nag Panchami festival in Jabalpur...

A bonnet macaque sits on consecrated idols of snakes as it drinks milk offered by a devotee...

A bonnet macaque sits on consecrated idols of snakes as it drinks milk offered by a devotee...

Nitish Kumar and Shushil Kumar Modi wave at gathering after they were sworn-in as Bihar Chief...

Nitish Kumar and Shushil Kumar Modi wave at gathering after they were sworn-in as Bihar Chief...

Indian women's national team captain Mithali Raj at a felicitating event for India women's cricket..

Indian women's national team captain Mithali Raj at a felicitating event for India women's cricket..

A woman security official offfers a rose to a woman pilgrim as she leaves for Saudi Arabia...

A woman security official offfers a rose to a woman pilgrim as she leaves for Saudi Arabia...

India's team members and bowler Mohammed Shami, center, celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka's...

India's team members and bowler Mohammed Shami, center, celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka's...

Children play in a water logged street after heavy rains in Kolkata on Thursday...

Children play in a water logged street after heavy rains in Kolkata on Thursday...

Workers of RJD and Congress shout slogans and burn an effigy of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar...

Workers of RJD and Congress shout slogans and burn an effigy of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar...

Children dressed up like tiger for the 'Tiger my Friend' programme on the occasion...

Children dressed up like tiger for the 'Tiger my Friend' programme on the occasion...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.