Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said that soon after independence, Ram Manohar Lohia had warned Jawaharlal Nehru of the threat from China and had it been paid heed since then, India's image would not have emerged of that of a "weak country."
"Lohia in 1952, had warned Nehru about the intentions of China, but since then the Centre has not taken it seriously. Even the opposition failed to understand it. I gave several speeches in Parliament. I want the Prime Minister to take it seriously," Yadav said here.
He was speaking at a function here to mark the 47th death anniversary of the socialist leader.
"China has repeatedly insulted India before the world with its misadventure. Our army is strong and able, but message is going that India is a very weak country," he said.
Yadav said he had suggested the PM to find a solution of the border issue in consultation with the Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, along with IB and other agencies.
The SP supremo said the price rise is at its peak and they wanted to help in checking it, but for that the Centre has to adopt the policy of "daam bandho" (fix the prices), mooted by Lohia.
Referring to various alleged scams in the last 10 years, Yadav said that there were allegations on the Central ministers as well.
"A minister was even removed, but it was not clarified that why it was done," he said without taking any name.
Terming various schemes in UP as an effort to realise dreams of Lohia, he said the socialist thinker had advocated for giving unemployment allowance to the unemployed, and his vision was given a formal shape only by the SP-led government.
Yadav alleged that the Sachar Committee recommended to give special facilities to Muslims, but the Centre neither take any action in this regard, nor there is any hope for it.
He claimed that the SP government started work on implementing these recommendations and the decision to give Rs 30,000 financial assistance to Muslim girls was part of it.
Yadav said that unlike other parties which forget their promises after coming to power, the SP-led government in Uttar Pradesh has made honest efforts to fulfil them.
Speaking on the occasion, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav alleged that the opposition parties were hatching a conspiracy against the state government.
"Some political parties are hatching conspiracy. Such questions are being raised which do not benefit the society in any manner. There are some political parties which want to take the state on the path of communalism," he alleged.
"Lok Sabha elections are very important. Questions will be raised, but our achievements will speak. Those who will make people understand will win.," Akhilesh said.
Refuting the opposition's allegations of working in the favour of a particular community, he said that the schemes were meant to benefit all sections of the society.
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