"Mulayam Singh Yadav is strengthening the hands of BJP. The communal riots that have happened in western UP have now proved right what I said one year back. Mulayam Singh and BJP are together and this is amply proved by the incidents that have taken place now," Alvi said.
    
Addressing a public meeting at Moradabad in June 2012 during a campaign for municipal corporation elections, Alvi, and then a spokesperson of Congress had said, "I have been saying it for the last 10 years that if there is anybody who is the biggest agent of BJP, it is Mulayam Singh Yadav. If anybody dances to the tunes of BJP, it is Mulayam Singh Yadav".
    
Congress had immediately disowned Alvi's remarks at a time when the party was seeking support of many parties for its Presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee. Alvi was dropped as Congress spokesperson in May 2013. He had earlier failed to get a re-nomination for Rajya Sabha after his term from Andhra Pradesh expired in April 2012. Before joining Congress, Alvi was in the BSP.
    
The former Congress MP demanded, "Yadav should disclose before the country what had transpired in his one-hour long meeting with Ashok Singhal before the VHP decided to go ahead with its 84kosi Yatra in UP in August 2013."

When the SP government later put a ban on the Yatra, Singhal had expressed surprise saying that the Parishad had shared its plans to take out a low-key yatra with the SP chief and his Chief Minister son earlier. SP leader Azam Khan had then said that Yadav's meeting with Singhal will send a wrong signal.
    
Alvi said that the Samajwadi Party "deliberately opposed the Yatra after giving a nod earlier to create tension" between the two communities.

(Agencies)

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