The Congress-Left attack over the chit fund scam saw an angry Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee expressing her annoyance in plain terms to Sonia Gandhi during a chance meeting in Parliament. Though Sonia responded by saying “we are accusing each other, but we are friends”, an unmollified Banerjee said she would remember what had happened in Lok Sabha on Wednesday morning.
Later in the day, Mulayam stunned Lok Sabha by declaring that he wished for Narendra Modi‘s return as PM after the polls. He was speaking during the last sitting of Lok Sabha, an occasion when veterans are expected to rise above the fray.
But his comments went far beyond proforma cordiality, with the former UP chief minister even complimenting Modi for seeking to take everyone along, an appreciation which militates against the opposition’s portrayal of the PM as an authoritarian and divisive figure.
Sonia, who was seated next to Mulayam, did not look happy at all as she tried to keep a straight face.
The Prime Minister was pleased with the unexpected endorsement from the SP stalwart, whose son, Akhilesh Yadav, along with BSP chief Mayawati, represents the biggest challenge to BJP’s re-election bid, and acknowledged the words of appreciation with folded hands and a broad smile.
Modi later noted Mulayam’s “blessings” and said, “There is much to do. And Mulayam Singhji has given his blessings. I am very grateful to him.”
An embarrassed SP rushed to explain that Mulayam’s remarks should be seen in the spirit of a farewell speech where people are obliged to say nice things about each other.
The day also witnessed Congress and CPM joining hands to attack Mamata Banerjee over the chit fund scam which has been roiling the state’s politics. As it happened, Banerjee, who was in Delhi for a dharna against the Modi government, was in Central Hall at the time. She was obviously not amused, and conveyed her feelings to Sonia with trademark candour.
Mulayam Yadav praises PM Modi while Left & Congress attack Mamata Banerjee – Times of India