Lucknow, Jan 7: He has been consistently rejecting the 'Modi wave' in the country, but the Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has finally admitted that he too felt Narendra Modi's heat during in the Lok Sabha polls.
Addressing a gathering during the ongoing Saifai Mahotsav, Mulayam said he had to put in all his efforts to win from Azamgarh seat. It was the effort and campaigning of his family members that ensured his victory.
Mulayam had won against BJP's Ramakant Yadav by about 60,000 votes from Azamghar.
"I had almost lost the election in Azamgarh. But Ram Gopal Yadav, Shivpal Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and some other leaders saved me," Mulayam was quoted as saying during a meeting with cooperative societies.
Admitting the impact of Narendra Modi during the parliamentary elections Mulayam added, "It was the tireless work of my family members like Ram Gopal Yadav, Shivpal Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and others that saved me."
SP supremo accused the BJP and RSS leaders of polarising the voters in Uttar Pradesh and alleged that the BJP sought votes in the name of religion.
As per Mulayam, the BJP, during the Lok Sabha elections, spread a rumour that there would be Muslim rule if the SP won elections and Hindu rule if BJP won.
Samajwadi Party had won just 5 seats in the Lok Sabha polls while its rival BJP won 71 seats from the 80-member Uttar Pradesh.
During election campaigning Mulayam had always rejected the 'Modi wave' and constantly maintained that the BJP will never come to power.
"Modi wave must be in Gujarat, not in UP," said SP chief said during LS poll campaigning.
Meanwhile, reacting to Mulayam's statement, BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit has said that the veteran politician has finally realised it.