Among the Third Front leaders, Netaji has kept a firm eye on the prime minister chair. In his rallies, he talks about "secularism" and lashes out at BJP for being communal.
But is it the real face of Mulayam Singh Yadav? Not many, will agree upon this statement as he and his senior party leaders have been openly showing concerns for one religion- Muslims.
As a seasoned politician, it is good to talk about multi-religious harmony and not about showing biasness towards a particular community.
Off late, "motor-mouth" senior ministers of SP- Mohd Azam Khan and Abu Asim Azmi have absurdly voiced their opinions, about Muslims and women, at the time, when their fate is being decided not only at the state level but at the national level.
Their 'witty' strategy of wooing minorities hasn't reaped positive results for them, if the opinion poll surveys are to be believed.
Despite, last year's Muzaffarnagar communal clashes, that left at least 62 dead and thousands of innocents homeless, the Netaji's party seems to be unfazed by the aftermath effect in the minds of voters.
On one side, they talk about secularism and on the other hand, they apply cheap tricks of dividing the communities on the religious lines.
For instance, in March, Azam Khan claimed that the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had terrorised Muslims in Gujarat to vote for him and they had no option than being 'submissive'.
"How will they not vote for Modi? Would they not be burnt with Tezaab (acid)? Where will they go then?", he had alleged.
Now, the 'outspoken' minister has been banned by the Election Commission for holding public rallies till elections get over. But, still his tongue is not in his control as yesterday he took potshots at the EC by saying it is "behaving like God" and dared the commission to cancel his membership in the state assembly.
Another "high-profile" SP minister, Abu Azmi, party's Maharashtra unit chief, who perhaps suffers from "slip of the tongue" syndrome, yesterday made a foolish statement, "Muslims who do not vote for his (SP) party are not "true Muslims".
"A Muslim, who does not vote for SP and talks against it is not a Muslim. His DNA test should be conducted. See whether he is from RSS. I want to say that he cannot be a true person. What SP supremo Mulayam Singh has not done for them (Muslim community)," he had said.
Replying to Azmi's shocking statement, BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain asked: "Is the SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav a 'Pope' for Muslims. Will he take them to jannat (heaven)?"
Few days before, Azmi had stoked a controversy saying adults indulging in pre-martial sex is "polluting" Indian culture.
Akhilesh Yadav who was seen as a 'ray of hope' for the people of Uttar Pradesh, also disappointed the youth as like his father, he also displayed special affection for Muslims and other weaker sections of the society, in terms of their upliftment, reservation benefits and providing employment opportunities. Doesn't the youth of majority community need better job opportunities, then why this favouritism?
In BJP, Muslim leaders like Shahnawaz Hussain and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi never speak about polarising votes on religion-basis. Both the leaders always put their opinions in a very balanced- approach.
They never talk about a particular community, but talk about their party's agenda keeping in mind all the religions.
That may be the reason that most of the Muslims are not inclined towards Hussain.
Samajwadi Party, that claims to be a party with a 'socialist' cause, has actually proved itself to a be a party of 'feudal' minds by indulging in dirty politics on the lines of opportunistic gains.
Prominent Muslim leaders in UP have already rejected SP due to Muzaffarnagr riots. One of the leader had said, "Mulayam Singh Yadav treats Muslims only as his vote bank and he fails to realize that the political combination of Yadavs and Muslims has already cracked." [Read more]
It's high time for Mulayam Singh Yadav and his ministers to look at the "mirror of reality" instead of making "illogical" and "unreasonable" statements.