Tejashwi meets BSP chief Mayawati
LUCKNOW/PATNA: RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav met BSP chief Mayawati in Lucknow on Sunday night to congratulate her on stitching an alliance with the Samajwadi Party. He is likely to meet SP chief later.
LUCKNOW/PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati in Lucknow on Sunday night to congratulate her on stitching an alliance with the Samajwadi Party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He is likely to meet SP chief on Monday.
Tejashwi met Mayawati at her residence on Sunday night and discussed the present political situation in the country.
“Laluji wanted grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh and Mayawatiji and Akhilesh Yadav to contest election together,” Yadav told reporters outside Lucknow airport before his meeting with the BSP chief.
He also stated that his father and RJD chief Lalu Yadav was behind bars because he did not ‘surrender’ before PM Narendra Modi.
At the same time, Tejashwi Yadav said: “I don’t have any grudge against Modi ji. It is a fight for ideology. “
The former deputy CM of Bihar also stated that there was undeclared emergency in the country and efforts were being made to abolish reservation system.
“Cases were filed against me when I was just 14-15 year old and did not even have moustaches. My uncle Nitish Kumar ( Bihar CM) was also behind lodging of these cases,” said Tejashwi Yadav. Soon after the formal announcement of the BSP-SP alliance on Saturday, Tejashwi had welcomed the new combination calling it a formidable alliance, which would pave the way for complete rout of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh where the saffron party is in power.
Out of total 80 seats, the BJP had won 71 while its ally Apna Dal bagged two seats in the 2014 parliamentary election.
Referring to the SP-BSP alliance, Tejashwi had underlined that the alliance was first envisaged by his father RJD chief Lalu Prasad, after the regional parties in Bihar and UP had suffered electoral setback in 2014 polls due to various factors including PM Narendra Modi’s soaring popularity in the Hindi hinterland.
According to sources, the RJD chief, convicted in fodder scam cases and undergoing treatment at RIMS, Ranchi, is happy with the SP-BSP alliance.
▪ Tejashwi with Mayawati in Lucknow on Sunday.