There were 9 bullet marks on Mulayam’s car and that too on the side which the SP leader frequently occupies. Mulayam had then claimed that the attack was a part of a well-planned conspiracy to murder him. “I had been told some time ago that there would be an attack on me. But I did not believe the warning,” he had then said. Accusing supporters of the then rural development minister Balram Singh Yadav of executing the attack, the then president of Etawah district Lok Dal Maharaj Singh Yadav had claimed that the leaders of the ruling Congress wanted to carry out their politics with the help of criminals. Recalling the incident, Mulayam’s close aide Beni Prasad Verma said there were only allegations that Congress, or rather, its Mainpuri MP Balram Singh Yadav was behind the attack but nothing was proved. He also added that no action was taken into the incident. “We had staged a daylong sit-in at the GPO in Lucknow,” he remembers. Verma left Congress in 2016 to rejoin the Samajwadi Party after several years.