Dehradun: In a bare-knuckle attack on the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav accused both the political rivals of clubbing hands for mutual benefits. Yadav alleged the Congress-led Centre of shielding UP Chief Minister Mayawati for political reasons.

While talking to media persons here on Sunday, Yadav launched a scathing attack on the state government for the increase in the crime and corruption graph in UP.

“The UP government is doing nothing to check crime in the state. Despite the recent exposure of irregularities in MNREGS in the state, the Central Government has chosen to remain blind in the entire episode,” he said.

Expressing concerns over the soaring prices, Yadav held the weak and incoherent policies of the Union Government responsible for the miseries of common men.

Commenting on the upcoming assembly elections in UP, the SP chief expressed his confidence to return to power with a thumping victory. “The party members are geared up to contest elections and we will definitely succeed in gaining stronghold in the state,” he said.

Moreover, he indicated that the poll results will decide the party’s most palpable choice for forming alliance.

For Uttarakhand assembly elections, Yadav said the necessary decisions regarding the polls will be taken by the state party president Vinod Badathwal. He also expressed his disagreement over the split of the state. He said, “Small states hardly play any important role in politics.”

Avoiding comment on party member Azam Khan’s recent comments on Team Anna, Yadav said, “The leader holds strong position in the party and I stand by his every comment. I support the institution of Lokayuktas but there must be strong provisions to check faulty complaints and punish the persons for such actions.”

JPN/Bureau