Barabanki: Scratching the wounds of people in Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh has once again taken on the Bahujan Samajwadi Party. The SP supremo lambasted the Mayawati government by calling it a cruel and corrupt government.

Addressing a rally in Barabanki on Sunday afternoon, Mulayam said, “Under the Bahujan Samajwadi Party rule, the daughters have been stripped off their respect, farmers demanding their rights have been  lathicharged and students had to face bullets.

Connecting to the masses in a conversational style, Mulayam asked, “Will you remove such a corrupt, predatory and tyrannical government? Which government you want for yourselves?” The crowd roared with applause for Yadav. The Samajwadi Party chief was quick to pounce on this opportunity as he promised free water, medicine, and education to the people if he was voted to power.

He asked, “Do you pay for light and air? Then why would you pay for education? If we form the government in the state, we will provide medicine, education and water for free.”

He added, “We do not fall back on our words, you can even preserve the video recordings of our promise.”

However, Muhammad Azam Khan's speech exposed the ongoing tussle between the Congress and SP for Muslim votes. Playing the Muslim card in the home region of Congress leaders Beni Prasad Verma and PL Punia, Azam Khan accused Congress of backstabbing the Muslims.

Not sparing Mayawati from criticism, Khan said “Mayawati, who started her political innings by campaigning on a bicycle, has now become the 8th richest woman in a span of 25 years.”