Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday claimed that half the ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government are yet to mend their ways and were busy "minting money", The Indian Express reported.
Yadav was addressing party workers at a function in Lucknow to celebrate former Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakurâ€™s birth anniversary.
IE quoted him as saying, "I had advised the ministers. Some mended their ways but some did not. If earning money is your priority, then you should rather do business. Even I would have helped you. In politics, people give you money on their own."
He further said, "Mata Prasad Pandey (Speaker) is sitting here. He used to spread a bedsheet to collect moneyâ€¦ people gave lakhsâ€¦ I also did the same and there was so much that it took four days to count."
He also spoke about allegations that he was associated with dacoits and went on to caution his son and current UP CM Akhilesh Yadav to not entertain those who indulge in backbiting. "I told him to listen to these people but do not act," he said.