Mulayam, while attending a function organised by the Jamiat Ulama Hind on Sunday, March 17, said, "If advocating the cause of the Muslims is an act of terror, then I am indeed a terrorist."
Verma, the Union Minister, recently in a function at Gonda district, about 200 km from Lucknow, said, "Iske (Mulayam Singh) atankvadiyon se sambandh hain (he has relations with the terrorists)."
Verma's statement raised controversies in the state provoking Samajwadi Party workers to stage protests demanding his ouster from the ministry.
General Secretary of Samajwadi Party Ram Asrey Kushwaha claimed that Verma "a man of unsound mind. Beni Verma has gone mad... he needs to be examined by some psychiatric."
Mulayam Singh's statement over his relation with the Muslims seems to be an attempt to win back the lost trust of the community. In a major setback to the party, Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmad Bukhari snapped its ties with Samajwadi Party.
Putting an end to their alliance, Bukhari accused Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of not fulfilling the promises which were made ahead of the general election in the state in 2012.