A senior Congress chief of Maharashtra on Monday demanded that the Centre ought to confer the nation`s highest civilian honor, Bharat Ratna on former Defence Minister and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, the late Mulayam Singh Yadav.
State Congress Working President M Arif Naseem Khan has written a letter to the President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging them to confer the honour on Mulayam Singh, who handed away on October 10, aged 83.
Khan mentioned that although born in a backward household in a small village Safai of Uttar Pradesh, Yadav remained on the centre of nationwide politics for over six a long time, working for all sections of society in his lengthy public life.
“He was elected MLA for 8 instances, as MP for 7 instances, UP CM thrice and likewise served because the nation`s Defence Minister as soon as. His whole life was marked with battle for justice to the poor, downtrodden, minorities of society and upholding the secular traditions of the Indian Constitution,” mentioned Khan.
He mentioned that Yadav`s demise earlier this month despatched a wave of grief amongst folks everywhere in the nation, particularly the socialists and secularists, and the federal government ought to recognise his contributions by conferring him the Bharat Ratna posthumously.
The founder-President of the Samajwadi Party, Yadav was groomed by stalwarts like Ram Manohar Lohia, Jaiprakash Narain and others, was elected the UP CM in 1989, 1993 after which in 2003, apart from serving as Defence Minister in 1996.