New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has said that nobody respects him now and hoped people will honour him after his death. He made the remark while speaking at an event to celebrate the birthday of veteran party leader Bhagwati Singh in Lucknow.

According to DNA, he said, “Aaj hamara koi bhi samman nahi karta, shayad mere marne ke baad ye mera samman karein. (Nobody respects me now. May be they will respect me after my death)”. He also added that even Lohia ji once said that people in our country honour someone only after they die.

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had replaced his father as the party president after a family feud ahead of the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, during an event to immerse the ashes of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Kuano river in Basti district, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan had also said, “If I somehow get to know that after death so much respect will be accorded to me then I would like to die today itself.”

Asthi Kalash Yatras are being organised by all state units of the BJP across the country. In about 100 major rivers across the country, the BJP central leadership plans to immerse the ashes of Vajpayee.

Earlier in the day, Shivpal Singh Yadav, brother of Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was reported saying that he has been waiting for the past one-and-a-half years for a responsible position within the party and he is continuing to do the same.

Shivpal’s comment reminds us of the political battle which ensued between both him and party president Akhilesh Yadav before the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections nearly a year-and-a-half ago. The battle in which the two engaged reached the Election Commission was finally won by the former UP chief minister.

For the unversed, Uttar Pradesh is gearing up for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls 2019. According to sources, Samajwadi Party (SP) is likely to tie up with Congress to form the ‘Mahagatbandhan’. If the seat sharing between both the parties is amicably resolved, 2019 polls will be a ‘Modi vs All’ kind of fight. Reportedly, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav came to make this decision after holding a strategic party meeting earlier.