New Delhi, Feb 13 : Samajwadi Party stalwart Mulayam Singh Yadav, a renowned anti-BJP leader, on Wednesday sprang a major surprise when he congratulated and wished the NDA combine that it wins the general elections to be held in a few months.
'Aap fir bane pradhan mantri (My best wishes are that you become Prime Minister again),' he said, speaking during his valedictory speech as the last working session day of the 16th Lok Sabha.
Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said 'Main aapko badhai deta hoon (I congratulate you). I wish all members that they return to this House.'
Mr Yadav said the Prime Minister worked taking along everybody.The Prime Minister smilingly thanked him with folded hands and also referred to Mr Mualayam Singh Yadav's 'blessing' during his response.
Mr Yadav conveyed his wishes three times amid thumping of desks, especially by the treasury benches as this implied that the NDA would return with the same majority.
Supriya Sule of the NCP remembered late Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar. 'I pay deep homage to Ananth Kumar ji who was on the other side,' she said.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the SAD thanked the Prime Minister for things done for the Sikh Community and the Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for the commendable job in running the House.