LIVE: Mulayam Singh's rally in Bareilly, Azam Khan lambasts Modi, BJP
Bareilly(UP): In the run-up to the crucial Lok Sabha elections in May next year, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today held a massive rally here in his bid to remain in the reckoning, in case a hung Parliament is elected again.
Mulayam Singh, his son chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and mercurial SP leader Azam Khan lambasted Narendra Modi and BJP for "inciting communal riots".
Here are the latest updates:
2:10 pm: Mulayam Singh says, had I known that Narendra Modi was addressing a rally in Agra, I would not have called the rally in Bareilly today. It's Azam Khan who fixed the Nov 21 date for today's rally.
2:08 pm: I have got intelligence information that hardly 20,000 people have turned up in Agra rally. This Bareilly rally is bigger than by rallies in Azamgarh and Mainpuri : Mulayam.
2:05 pm: It's the Congress which opposed our party from inside the most. This is a thing to be kept in mind, Azam saheb, pl keep this in mind: Mulayam.
1:48 pm: Azam Khan says: If you (BJP) have to felicitate, then felicitate the killers of Gujarat, felicitate L K Advani who offered flowers at the mausoleum of M A Jinnah in Karachi, felicitate Jaswant Singh who has justified the Partition of India and creation of Pakistan. You people (BJP) have cut off the hands of Musalmans. The war cry (eilaan-e-jung) is yet to begin : Azam.
1:45 pm: The man who dreams of becoming the Badshah of Hindustan comprising 125 crores, only sees Rampur, where people get electricity for two hours more, and that toom, he can't rolerate: Azam. The man who can't tolerate two hours of electricity, what can he think about you, just think: Azam
1:40 pm: Those who describe us(Muslims) as "pillas" (puppies), should they be allowed to run the country: Azam. Arre Bhai, hum to tumhare bhai hain, tumhare sathi hain, Azam at his rhetoric best.
1:35 pm: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav: This rally will help in stopping the march of communal forces. He admits, yes, we brought lions from Gujarat, but we have built strong cages for such lions too. (Modi had mentioned about giving lions from Gujarat to UP).
1:34 pm: Let the world see, how big our rally here in Bareilly is, says Akhilesh. Nobody can hold a bigger rally that Samajwadi Party in UP : Akhilesh.
1:30 pm: If the electronic media shows it honestly, the world will come to know whose rally was bigger, ours or Modi's rally in Agra : Ramgopal Yadav.
1:28 pm: BJP leaders are felicitating two communal riots accused at their rally, we have to stop such communal forces: Ramgopal Yadav
1:25 pm: The next government at the Centre will be made by Third Front. Samajwadi Party will win the maximum seats from UP, and Mulayam Singh Yadav will stake his claim for the post of Prime Minister: Ramgopal Yadav.