New Delhi: The war of words between Congress and Samajwadi Party escalated on Wednesday after SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav alleged that the government can put him behind the bars.

Stepping up its ante against Congress, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said that it is not easy for anybody to fight with the Congress and if one does, he is either  sent to jail or is chased by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

“Sarkar se ladna asan nahi hai. Sarkar ke hazaron haath hote hain. CBI ka upyog kar sakti hai...jail me dal sakti hai" (It's not easy to fight with the government. It has thousands of hand and can use CBI and put one in jail),” the SP chief said.

Yadav had earlier also attacked Congress-led UPA government blaming misuse of CBI by it. "Congress used to take support by threatening. I supported the UPA government in bad times but Congress has put CBI after me," the SP chief had told reporters here on March 29.

Asked about socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia's praise by BJP leader L K Advani in Chitrakoot, Yadav said that it is good if he has done so. "A lot of hue and cry was raised in the media when I appreciated Advani... Those who had done or are doing good should be appreciated. Should one who is doing good be abused ?" Yadav said after a meeting with his party's district presidents.

During the closed-door meeting, Yadav asked the district presidents to remain prepared for Lok Sabha polls, according to sources. He told the party functionaries to work in their districts to redress the grievances of the common man and stressed on the need for strengthening booth committees.

Yadav also asked them to remain cautious about the Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh which have been making allegations against the government. "Promises made in the party's manifesto in 2012 Assembly polls are being fulfilled and a number of schemes including distribution of laptops have already started...The message that the SP government was working for the people should reach them," he said.


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