BJP leaders unnerved, want to join our alliance in UP: Akhilesh
LUCKNOW: A day after the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party announced their alliance for the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said their alliance had unnerved the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) so much that its demoralised leaders and workers were desperate to join them.
On Saturday, Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati announced their alliance in UP with an equal share of 38 seats to each party, leaving two for the Congress (Amethi and Rae Bareli) and two others for prospective partners. The two leaders had been working towards this alliance since March last year.
“The top leadership of BJP and its entire organisation have lost hope after the SP-BSP alliance. Now, BJP’S booth level workers are saying ‘Mera booth chaknachoor (My booth is shattered)’. BJP’S demoralised and desperate leaders and workers are restive and desperate to join the SP and BSP,” Yadav tweeted.
This is Akhilesh’s first state- ment after BJP’S reaction on the alliance.
During Saturday’s joint press conference, Akhilesh made it clear that it was he who initiated the idea of alliance which was accepted by the BSP president.
“In my subconscious, the idea of the SP-BSP alliance germinated on the very day when BJP leaders began insulting Mayawati ji [referring to the time when Mayawati resigned from Rajya Sabha, hitting out at the BJP]. The BJP, instead of punishing those leaders, made them ministers with big portfolios and egged them on,” he had said.
“In my mind, I had put the final seal on the alliance when the BJP defeated the joint candidate for Rajya Sabha Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar through deceit and then celebrated it.,” Akhilesh added.