BJP lead­ers un­nerved, want to join our al­liance in UP: Akhilesh

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Pankaj Jaiswal [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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Akhilesh Ya­dav

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