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

The Indian Express - - THE SECOND PAGE -

IN THE ed­i­to­rial, ‘Clin­ton tells a tale’, it was stated that Franklin D. Roo­sevelt was the youngest Pres­i­dent of the USA. That is in­cor­rect. It was Theodore Roo­sevelt.

The er­ror is re­gret­ted. give this money be­cause party work­ers are telling me that you have it. This is a party of the poor and op­pressed and it is their money.” She al­leged Sid­diqui kept 50 per cent of the mem­ber­ship money from western UP while the re­main­ing 50 per cent reached the party of­fice. She did not dis­close the amount in­volved.

She said she had told Sid­diqui that her phone was “tapped”, so he should not speak to her on phone about “use­less mat­ters” when he said he would sell his prop­er­ties to give her the money.

Ear­lier, Sid­diqui, while ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at his res­i­dence where sev­eral from the BSP who had quit were also present, al­leged that she had been “tor­tur­ing” him to give her the money.

He told re­porters that Mayawati called him to a meet­ing af­ter the elec­tions and said the party needed money. “She told me that I have to ar­range Rs 50 crore. I said how will I bring so much money. She told me to sell my prop­erty. I said even if I sell my en­tire prop­erty, it will not be even one-fourth of your re­quire­ment. She then asked me to get the money from rel­a­tives and those known to me,” he al­leged.

“She told me that if I give her the money, she will make me grow in the party. ‘You will grow the way you have in the past,’ she told me,” Sid­diqui claimed. He said he failed to raise the money and went to meet Mayawati at her res­i­dence where BSP gen­eral sec­re­tary Satish Chan­dra Misra and her brother Anand Ku­mar “mis­be­haved” with him.

Re­ject­ing the charges, Mayawati said she will take le­gal opin­ion whether the party should file an FIR against Sid­diqui.

He, on his part, claimed he had 150 CDS on Mayawati and will re­lease more ma­te­rial that will “cause an earth­quake in the whole world, not just the coun­try” and “I will re­lease them one by one”.

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