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Lucknow: Raking up the issue of misuse of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday said fighting with the government is not easy.

“It’s not easy to fight with the government. It has thousand hands and can use CBI and put anyone in jail," he said.

Yadav had earlier also attacked the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government accusing it of misusing CBI.

“Congress used to take support by threatening. I supported the UPA government in bad times but Congress has put CBI after me," the SP chief said on 29 March.

During a meeting with his party’s district presidents, Yadav asked them to be prepared for Lok Sabha polls, according to people familiar with the matter. He told the party functionaries to work in their districts to redress the grievances of the common man and stressed on the need for strengthening booth committees.

Yadav also asked them to remain cautious about opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh which have been making allegations against the government.

“Promises made in the party’s manifesto during 2012 assembly polls are being fulfilled and a number of schemes including distribution of laptops have already started...The message that the SP government was working for the people should reach them," he said.

For the second time in two weeks, Yadav praised BJP veteran L. K. Advani who was earlier lauded by the Samajwadi Party supremo as the “tallest leader" of the country. Mulayam’s praise of Advani on 23 March had triggered speculation he was perhaps cosying up to the BJP with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister praised Advani this time for lauding socialist icon and his mentor Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. Asked to comment on the praise of Lohia by Advani in Chitrakoot, Yadav said it was good if he had done so.

“If the BJP leader has praised, it’s a good thing. A good leader should be praised. A lot of hue and cry was raised by media when I appreciated Advani... Those who had done or are doing good should be appreciated. Should one, who is doing good be abused?", Yadav said.

At a function in Lucknow on the occasion of the 103rd birth anniversary of Lohia on 23 March, Yadav while dubbing Advani has the country’s tallest leader had also hailed him as one of the most honest politicians.

“Advaniji desh ke sabse baade neta hain. Woh kabhi jhoot nahin bolte (Advani is the tallest leader in the country. He never lies)," he had said.

Yadav had also spoken about Advani’s assessment of the situation in UP.

“Advani sahab says UP is in very bad state and corruption is rampant.... Now I have to assess the situation when a senior leader like Advani says such a thing. He never lies. He always speaks the truth, as I have said many times.... I’ll go and meet him again," Yadav said.

In this context, Advani said today that he had a “conversation" with Yadav.

“I had a conversation with Mulayam Singh, but I think that he will speak about it publicly...because he met me in the Lok Sabha and it was then that I told him that...," he told reporters without elaborating.

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