New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday strongly insinuated that Samajwadi Party chief does not occupy a place of power in the SP-BS-RLD alliance in the state while saying that Akhilesh Yadav is made to take off his shoes before meeting Mayawati.

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Speaking to news agency ANI, Adityanath unloaded a serious charge when he said, “When he (Akhilesh Yadav) sits with Mayawati on the dais, he is seated on a small chair while Mayawati herself sits on a bigger one. When he goes to meet her, he is asked to keep his footwear out of the room. This is his position…”

Adityanath’s remarks also echo a popular belief that Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav was unhappy with the seat-sharing formula between the SP-BSP, and mostly thought that Mayawati may hand a raw deal to his son Akhilesh and the Samajwadi Party.

Back in February 2019, reports emerged of a disgruntled Mulayam voicing his concerns over the Samajwadi Party joining hands with Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party.

Addressing party workers, the former chief minister had questioned the logic behind the seat sharing and said that the SP should have got more seats than the BSP. “SP has more political muscle,” he said and alleged that party candidates were being weakened by such decisions.

The SP founder, who was pushed to the sidelines of decision making in his party in December 2016, had recently embarrassed his son and party chief Akhilesh Yadav by stating in the Lok Sabha that he wished that Narendra Modi returned as prime minister again.

With IANS inputs