Lucknow, Nov 5 (UNI) Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav today claimed that he was offered the Prime Minister's post just before the Presidential elections.
Making the disclosure in the state assembly here, Mr Yadav said that leaders like TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala and NC Patron Farooq Abdullah had assured their support for his name for the Prime Ministerial post with the support of a national party.
''But as I am not greedy for power, I refused the offer by not compromising with my ideology,'' he said.
He asked the BSP members not to be ''obsessed'' with the absolute majority they got in the assembly polls as sitting in the treasury bench in not permanent.
Mr Yadav was speaking on the 'Sacchi Ramayan' issue on which he had asked the BSP government to ban the sale of the controversial book, a translated copy of 'True Ramayan' written by E V Ramaswamy Naicker Periyar.
He also criticised Chief Minister Mayawati's style of functioning. '' There are several important business in the assembly like the UP Organised Crime Control Bill and the issue of Periyar, but she does not find any time to attend the house,'' he alleged.
The SP leader also asked Apeaker Sukhdeo Rajbhar to order a ban on the controversial book as it was spreading hatred in society and even went to the extent of offering him a Rajya Sabha seat if he was removed by the BSP.