That politics and especially electoral politics was not the place for gentlemen was proved once again in Uttar Pradesh, when gentleness of a Lok Sabha candidate turned out to be his biggest disqualification in the eyes of his party’s boss.
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is very much worried over the outcome of Lok Sabha polls on Moradabad seat as his party nominee from there was ‘too gentle’ to succeed in beating his rivals.
“Mujhe chinta hai....hamari party ke pratyashi Hasan saheb jo ki Moradabad ke mayor bhi rahen hain bahut sharif hain...jyada sharafat achhi nahin,” (I am worried...our nominee Hasan, who has been the Mayor of Moradabad, is too gentle...being too gentle is not good), Mulayam said an election meeting at Moradabad in support of the SP candidate S T Hasan on Thursday.
“Sharafat choriye, dabangai se chunav ladiye” (Do not be too gentle. Contest the polls with muscle power), Mulayam told Hasan.
Hasan is considered to be a soft spoken, straight forward and simple person.
He is pitted against controversial BSP leader Haji Yaqoob Qureshi.
Qureshi had shot into limelight when he had declared a reward of Rs 1 crore to whosoever beheaded the Danish cartoonist, who had caricatured Prophet Muhammad.
The SP supremo’s remarks were criticised by the BJP, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party leaders here.
“It shows that Mulayam Singh wants to win the polls by hook or by crook. It is really unfortunate that he is giving such advice to his party nominee,” said BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak here.
BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya demanded action against Mulayam for his remarks. “The Election Commission should take note of the remarks and act against him,” Maurya said.