Samajwadi party supremo and Ex-CM of UP, Mulayam Singh Yadav passed away on October 10, 2022, at the age of 82. While himself being a prominent and powerful leader, Mulayam Singh Yadav leaves behind a privileged family that includes a failed aspirant son, his siblings, and nephews who battle and band together before and after every other election.

On November 22, 1939, Mulayam Singh Yadav was born in Saifai, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh. He was drawn to politics as a result of Raj Narain and Ram Manohar Lohia’s influence. He won eight times starting in 1967 when he won his first election for the assembly.

He had a history of instability in the name of socialism, as evidenced by the fact that he was elected to the legislature from six different parties the first six times: Samyukta Socialist Party, Bharatiya Kranti Dal, Bharatiya Lok Dal, Lok Dal, Janata Dal, and Janata Party. Because of the political ups and downs in the state during those decades, he never had the chance to serve out all of these terms.

He established the Samajwadi Party in 1992. Mulayam Singh Yadav has asserted that his party represents the underprivileged, particularly the OBCs. He frequently cited Ram Manohar Lohiya’s dictum, “Pichhada paave sau me saath,” which indicates that the underprivileged should receive 60% of the total. Notably, he did not put the saying into practice despite being in power.

Instead, he proceeded to strengthen Yadav and Muslim goons in the state, who later developed their criminal empires worth millions of rupees. Gangsters like Mukhtar Ansari were given free rein by Mulayam Singh Yadav and his party.

“Mullah mualayam” for a reason

Mulayam Singh Yadav frequently abused the governmental apparatus under his authority while taking an anti-Hindu stance in countless instances. The shooting over the Kar Sevaks in Ayodhya was among the most terrible of these events.

Hindu saints and hundreds of Karsevaks, including women and the elderly, marched toward the Ram Janmabhoomi site on November 2, 1990, where the unlawful building known as the Babri at the time stood. The security personnel lined up on the road to block the way because they were told to prevent the Hindus from getting to the location.

The Hindu devotees sit there and begin chanting the name of Lord Ram and reciting Bhajans whenever the security guards tried to block them (religious songs). They made contact with the security guards who had been stationed there to stop them from moving forward. Every time they did this, the Karsevaks moved forward while the security personnel retreated. The Karsevaks remained unafraid despite being unarmed.

This continued until the IG gave orders. The steadfast Ram Bhakts did not engage in a counterattack, became agitated, or faltered despite the Karsevaks being attacked with lathis and tear gas shells. Suddenly, the security guards began to react by starting to shoot. Numerous Hindu devotees were murdered by gunfire. Every road and byway leading to the Ram Janmabhoomi is thought to have been used by security forces to search down and attack Hindus, quickly turning the city into a battleground.

The incident that took place in Ayodhya over 32 years ago left an enduring imprint on Indian history. Following the terrible massacre, various media outlets reported varying numbers of fatalities on November 2, 1990. Although the official report on the incident stated that 16 individuals had died in the shooting, the actual number could have been much higher.

Many people associate this deed with Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remark from October 1990, “Let them attempt and enter Ayodhya. We’ll explain to them what the law means. No mosque will be destroyed.” At the time, the state’s chief minister was Mulayam Singh Yadav. The SP-BSP combination used the slogan “Mile Mulayam Kanshi Ram, Hawa Ho Gaye Jai Shri Ram” during the 1993 UP Assembly Elections, which were held one year after the contentious Ram Janmabhoomi edifice was torn down. Mulayam Singh Yadav earned the name “Mullah Mulayam” as a result of his deeds.

“Ladko se Aisi Galtiya ho jaati hain”

Mulayam Singh Yadav was highly criticized in 2014 for his response in favor of the Shakti Mill rape case accused stating, “Ladkon se aisi galtiyan ho jaati hain to iska ye matlab nahin ki phaansi de di jaye.” This means “Boys do make such mistakes but that does not mean that they should be hanged,” voicing his protest against capital punishment for rape accused.

Assault on Mayawati

In 1993, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party teamed up to form a coalition government in the state. In exchange for splitting the position of CM for a total of two and a half years, the alliance secured the triumph. Mulayam Singh Yadav became the chief minister of the largest state, often known as the mini parliament, after SP, the larger party, asserted it’s right first. On June 2, 1995, the BSP declared its withdrawal of support as a result of the alienation, and the Mulayam Singh Yadav government collapsed.

Furious SP MLAs barged into Mayawati’s State guest House on Meerabai Marg in Lucknow where she was staying in Room no. 1. The goons surrounded Mayawati and assaulted her. Fortunately, BJP MLA Brahm Dutt Dwivedi stepped into the room and escorted Mayawati to safety.

Taxpayer money used for the Saifai Festival

While claiming to be a Samajwadi, Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family left no stone unturned in displaying their power and wealth through the birthday parties and festivals they organized. Saifai festival was one of those crass displays.

When the whole of Uttar Pradesh was struggling to get basic amenities such as tap water, electricity, roads, etc. Yadav and his family were organizing the Saifai festival investing hundreds of crores of tax payer’s money which was held in celebration of forming their government in UP.

Meanwhile, his Samajwadi Party has long been recognized for its policies of Muslim appeasement. Even the leader of AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, criticized the Samajwadi Party during an election rally, reminding SP chief Akhilesh Yadav that Muslim votes had helped SP win the state of Uttar Pradesh. Reportedly, at a party rally during the Samajwadi Vijay Rath Yatra, Akhilesh Yadav also lauded Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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