Mulayam, a wrestler-turned politician, also said Akhilesh will be the chief minister again, a sharp contrast to his earlier stand that the new leader will be selected by the new MLAs.
The former Chief Minister advised her party workers not to be misguided by partisan opinion polls which put her party at the fourth spot after the Samajwadi Party, the BJP and Congress.
The EC backing of Akhilesh is seen as his biggest victory in the bruising power struggle in the Yadav family that pitted him against Mulayam and his brother Shivpal. "He must have said that in anger", Mulayam said.
"I undertook this fight against corruption so that people especially the poor and youth get their rightful and money can be used for their welfare", PM said.
Akhilesh Yadav had a busy day on Monday and addressed seven elections meetings covering seven Assembly segments out of eight in Sitapur district.
Targeting BSP and BJP, he said, " Mayawati gave 100 tickets to muslim candidates to divide the votes, which will favour both BJP and BSP as the two want to form coalition government".
"It is UP which made me the Prime Minister", Modi said, adding that he wanted to repay its debt and that he can do it only with a government that joins hands with the Centre to develop the state unlike the current dispensation which is a "hindrance" in its progress.
"His barb came at a series of election meetings in Sitapur and adjoining Lakhimpur Kheri a day after Modi said in Aligarh on Sunday that, ".When the wind is so strong, even a young leader can not face it and seeks help of anything.Even a pole.But this time BJP "aandhi" (storm) is so strong that the Chief Minister fears that he might be blown off". The SP patriarch had on January 29 voiced displeasure over the alliance and had said he would not campaign for it. Ex-SP state chief Shivpal is contesting on a party ticket from Jaswantnagar seat.