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Mulayam elected SP chief again

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Mulayam Singh being presented a marble bicycle (party's symbol) after his re-election as Samajwadi Party chief in Agra on Tuesday. - PHOTO: PTI

LUCKNOW/AGRA: Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh, who was re-elected as the party chief for the eighth time on Tuesday, said that if the party is able to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh after the 2012 Assembly elections, it would not be difficult to capture a majority of seats in the State in the parliamentary elections of 2014.

Addressing the inaugural session of the party's two-day national convention in Agra, Mr. Singh asked party workers to ensure that “the corrupt Bahujan Samaj Party regime” was ousted. The people are sick of the present regime and are looking towards the Samajwadi Party, he said.

Describing the Mayawati regime as a government neck-deep in corruption, he alleged that while the Chief Minister and her ministers were flush with money there were no funds for uplift of the poor, downtrodden, farmers and weavers.

Mr. Singh supported the demand for reservation for Muslims in accordance with the Sachar Committee recommendations and said the socio-economic lot of the minority would improve if a Samajwadi government was formed in the State. He attributed SP's loss in the 2007 Assembly elections to the party's failure to implement the steps taken by his government for betterment of the minorities.

Mr. Singh wondered why the Congress-led UPA government was shying away from its responsibility of disclosing the names of persons whose black money was stashed in foreign banks. He claimed that the black money was enough to pay off the country's debts.

Before the beginning of the inaugural session, Mr. Singh was unanimously re-elected SP president for the eighth time.

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