Lucknow: With 2019 Lok Sabha elections fast approaching, speculations over the composition of opposition’s grand alliance and its Prime Ministerial candidate are in an overdrive these days.
While Congress is already projecting Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate from its side, some of its prospective allies have some plans of their own. While Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee’s names have already been floated in the media, now Samajwadi Party’s patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has thrown his hat in the ring as well.
Speaking to media at a function in Lucknow, Mr. Yadav said, “If not now then when? I am 78 years old, this might be my last chance to become Prime Minister. I don’t want to do an Advani, support someone else as PM in 70s, hoping for PM post in 80s and then spending my 90s in regret. Rahul, Mayawati, Mamata, all have age on their side, they can become PM next time.”
“Now there is nothing left for me to do in Uttar Pradesh anyway, aulaad hi dhokha de gayi aur humein berozgaar sa kar diya yahan, so obvious thing for me is to move to center and take up the Prime Minister post. I will be willing to compromise on seats sharing in UP as well if they promise me this post in advance,” Mr. Yadav added.
Congress is yet to react to this statement by Mulayam Singh Ji with sources saying they are getting his speech translated from Mulayam Singh Hindi to Hindi. Only after the getting the complete translation they would like to react to it.
Meanwhile, LK Advani was overheard checking with one of his aide if he can become the PM candidate of this united opposition coalition.