Te­jashwi meets BSP chief Mayawati

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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.

DEEPAK GUPTA/ HT

▪ Te­jashwi with Mayawati in Lucknow on Sun­day.

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