In Pics: When singing stars stunned Saifai on Mulayam Singh Yadav's grand birthday bash

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Saifai, Nov 23: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's 77th extravagant birthday celebrations garnered huge media attention on Sunday, Nov 22.

A bevy of stars and singers, besides politicians had graced the occasion at his native place Saifai in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh.

MSY batted for girls education

While addressing students at a programme on the occasion of his 77th birthday, Mulayam stressed on the need for girls and women education and said that the country cannot progress without their support.

"Unless girls come forward with good education, till then the country and society cannot progress and this has been the thinking of SP," Mulayam said.

Netaji also said that to promote girls' education, the SP government made it free till class XII and provided several other facilities.

With an eye on upcoming assembly elections in UP in 2017, the SP supremo said that the party fulfilled all the promises made with the people, it made education cheaper, irrigation free and waived off the loans of the farmers. "Due to the policies of SP and support of the officers concerned, Uttar Pradesh has marched towards development and it was being discussed everywhere", he asserted.

MSY's birthday bash draws criticism from Opposition

Mulayam's massive birthday bash has drawn flak from the opposition which today questioned the "ostentatious" display of wealth and "garish" expenditure running into crores of rupees when the state was grappling with drought situation.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said while his party respects the senior leader and wishes him long life for service to the nation, "it is their responsibility to act by example, to set the example to the whole nation and to the people of the country".

BJP said that the money spent on the celebrations could have been used for the drought-affected districts. "50 of the 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh have been declared drought-hit and the money could have been distributed among the affected farmers," BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said yesterday.

Here are some pics of Mulayam's big birthday celebrations at Saifai:

Saifai

Singer A R Rahman being welcomed by Samajwadi Party M P Dharmendra Yadav on the eve of his performance at the birthday party of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav at Safai airstrip on Friday, Nov 20.

Saifai

Singer Hariharan being welcomed by Samajwadi Party M P Dharmendra Yadav on the eve of his performance at the birthday party of Samajwadi Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav at Safai airstrip on Friday, Nov 20.

And here comes the birthday boy!

Supporters shower flowers on SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as he arrives at a programme to celebrate his 77th birthday in Safai on Saturday, Nov 21.

When old buddies met!

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav with Amar Singh celebrate his 77th birthday in Saifai on Saturday, Nov 21.

Netaji with his supporters

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav celebrates his 77th birthday in Saifai on Saturday, Nov 21.

Singer A R Rahman-- The show stopper!

Singer A R Rahman performing on the occasion of birth anniversary of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav at Siafai on Saturday, Nov 21.

Rocking performance!

Singer Hariharan performing on the occasion of birth anniversary of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav at Saifai on Saturday, Nov 21.

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