Mainpuri, Dec 11 (UNI) Samajwadi Party supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today exhorted party workers to strengthen the outfit.
Addressing a public meeting at Karhal town here, Mr Yadav noted that the party could change the face of the country, if it wins 60-70 seats in the next Lok Sabha election.
The 2009 general election was important for SP and the party activists needed to pull up their socks to realise its dream, he reminded them.
''The path to the centre passes through UP. Therefore, SP should not only emerge stronger in UP, but register its presence in other states as well,'' he added.
Holding the party leaders responsible for the poll debacle in UP, Mr Yadav opined that they did not focus on people's problems and instead gave primacy to personal interests.
Exhorting the party leaders to work harder, the former union minister warned that if they did not let go of its egos, the opposition parties would succeed in their motives.
However, he expressed confidence that SP would achieve its goal by following the path of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. ''We have lost the election, not politics,'' he noted.
Castigating the Mayawati-led UP government, Mr Yadav claimed that all the sections of society had sufferred in the present regime.
''Criminals are ruling the roost, while farmers are distressed over the un-availability of fertilisers. VAT is being imposed on traders and SP activists are being booked under fake cases,'' he added.
He lamented that while 18,000 police personnel, who had allegedly submitted fake certificates during recruitment, were dismissed, no action had been taken against those tehsildars and chief medical officers (CMOs), who had issued these certificates.
''My government worked for the betterment of all sections of society, while the present state government is discriminating between different castes on the implementation of development schemes,'' he added.