Naseemud­din vs Maya: Tapes, CDS, Rs 50 cr, black­mail charge

The Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE - RAMENDRA SINGH

IN­FIGHT­ING IN the BSP took an ugly turn Thurs­day when vet­eran leader Naseemud­din Sid­diqui, who had been ex­pelled a day ear­lier with his son Afzal for “anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties”, re­leased seven au­dio clips and claimed he had 150 CDS on party chief Mayawati. He al­leged that she had de­manded Rs 50 crore from him af­ter the party’s rout in the UP assem­bly elec­tions.

Less than two hours later, Mayawati told re­porters at her res­i­dence that Sid­diqui was a “tap­ing black­mailer”, that there was “noth­ing new” in the au­dio clips he had re­leased since these had been “edited by him be­cause they have my voice but not his”.

She claimed Sid­diqui had party “books of mem­ber­ship” but had not done their “set­tle­ment”, and in the phone con­ver­sa­tions, she was telling him to do that. In the au­dio clips Sid­diqui re­leased, Mayawati re­peat­edly men­tions “kitab” (books) and “hisaab” (set­tle­ment).

In one clip, she is heard say­ing, “Jis ko aapne mem­ber­ship ki kitab di­layi thi, usne hisaab nahi kiya hai, us se baat karo”. In another clip, she tells Sid­diqui “party ko aap ne diya nahi, party ne aap ko bahut kuchch diya hai, aap 9 ko aao, phir baat karna, mem­ber­ship ki kitab hai toh sabko mem­ber ba­nana hoga”.

Mayawati told re­porters: “I told him that you will have to

Sid­diqui with son Afzal; Mayawati on Thurs­day.

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