Akhilesh would have ac­cepted even if Maya had of­fered 10 seats: Yogi

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LUCKNOW: At­tack­ing the SP-BSP al­liance, chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath on Sun­day said even if BSP chief Mayawati had given 10 seats to the Sa­ma­jwadi Party, then also for­mer chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav would have ac­cepted the of­fer ea­gerly.

Adityanath was speak­ing at an event or­gan­ised in the state cap­i­tal.

“Mayawati has been gen­er­ous to Akhilesh Ya­dav. Had Mayawati of­fered 10 seats to the Sa­ma­jwadi Party, then also the SP chief would have ac­cepted read­ily,” said chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath.

Con­tin­u­ing his at­tack, Adityanath said: “The Sa­ma­jwadi Party is not in a po­si­tion to chal­lenge the BJP on more than 10 seats (Lok Sabha). In a bid to save the Kan­nauj seat, Akhilesh (Ya­dav) has en­tered into an al­liance with the BSP.”

“This al­liance (SP-BSP) will have no im­pact on the elec­tion (Lok Sabha). Now, it will be easy for us to tackle both of them to­gether,” he added.

Adityanath also took a jibe at the Sa­ma­jwadi Party by rais­ing the is­sue of the prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date.

“In the last Lok Sabha elec­tion, Akhilesh Ya­dav had pro­jected Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav as the PM can­di­date. These par­ties (SP, BSP) must say who will be their PM can­di­date in this elec­tion,” asked Adityanath. Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav is the Sa­ma­jwadi Party pa­tron.

Peo­ple will not ac­cept a lead­er­less al­liance, Adityanath said.

The chief min­is­ter also at­tacked the Con­gress and ac­cused it of putting up road­blocks in res­o­lu­tion of the Ram tem­ple is­sue in Ay­o­d­hya.

“For five years from 2010, the Con­gress never tried to get the Ay­o­d­hya is­sue listed in Supreme Court for hear­ing. At ev­ery stage of the case, the Con­gress has tried to put ob­sta­cles. Who told Kapil Sibal to ar­gue in the Supreme Court for de­fer­ring the hear­ing of the Ay­o­d­hya case till after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls?” he said.

The chief min­is­ter ac­cused the Con­gress of us­ing the Ram tem­ple is­sue to be­fool a par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity and get their votes.

The chief min­is­ter, how­ever, was hope­ful of a de­ci­sion in the Ay­o­d­hya ti­tle dis­pute be­fore the Lok Sabha poll.

Re­ply­ing to a query on Suheldev Bharatiya Sa­maj Party pres­i­dent and cab­i­net min­is­ter Om Prakash Ra­jb­har’s anti-gov­ern­ment state­ments, Adityanath said: “Ra­jb­har is not a BJP MLA. He re­mains within his lim­its while is­su­ing state­ments.”

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▪ Ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Suresh Khanna dur­ing the Swach­hata rally in Muzaffarnagar on Sun­day.

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