New Delhi: Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma is in no mood to back down. After hitting out at Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav earlier this week, and accusing him of supporting terrorists, the steel minister has again taken on the senior politician from Uttar Pradesh. Accusing him of "looking after his own family", Beni said that Mulayam "cannot be a real samajwadi". "Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were real samajwadis. Mulayam Singh Yadav is busy looking after his own family. He cannot be a real samajwadi."
Beni had been forced to apologise to the SP supremo when he had accused him of working with terrorists. Mulayam Singh Yadav's SP is crucial for the survival of the UPA government, which has been left 40 seats below the majority mark of 271 in Parliament after the DMK withdrew support from it earlier this week. Beni, however, remains defiant. "I won't bend before pressure politics," he said, adding that he won't quit until he made Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister. "Some people are dreaming of becoming the PM after winning 60 seats," he added with a hint of sarcasm.
The minister, however, spared the SP chief's son Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the venom. "If given the freedom, Akhilesh, being a mature and well-educated leader, will deal with the problems," Beni Prasad said.
The caustic remarks against the Samajwadi Party leader are bound to further the rift between the coalition government and its key ally. Sonia Gandhi's personal apology to Mulayam over the 'terrorist' remark had done nothing to calm his temper down. Mulayam sought Beni's removal. The latter's apology statement was clearly not enough, and his latest attack is set to make matters worse.
Mulayam on Saturday hauled up his son apparently after opposition leader LK Advani complained of the increasing corruption in Uttar Pradesh. Speaking of the BJP patriarch, Mulayam said that he completely trusted his words. "Advani called me personally and told me that corruption is rising in UP. He never lies and I trust him." This growing closeness between the BJP and the SP may not bode well for the Congress.