Blaming the BJP for the rejection of former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur’s nomination from Varanasi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election, Samajwadi Party leader and MP Dharmendra Yadav on Friday said the “fake chowkidar” was scared of a real one. Also Read - Supreme Court Snubs Tej Bahadur's Plea Challenging PM Modi's Lok Sabha Contest From Varanasi

“Rejection of nomination papers of Tej Bahadur from Varanasi seat was a BJP conspiracy. The naqli chowkidar got scared of the asli chowkidar… this is the reason why the entire BJP was sitting in the Election Commission and BJP president Amit Shah and UP CM Yogi Adityanath were camping in Varanasi that day,” Yadav told media persons here. Also Read - Won’t Make Alliance With Any Major Parties: Akhilesh Yadav on 2022 UP Assembly Polls

“They think they can weaken the fight of a jawan who has come out to fight for his rights. Farmers, youth and traders are all angry and will give a befitting reply through their votes,” he added. Also Read - SP Objects to Use of Red, Green Tiles in Railway Hospital Toilet, Calls it Insult to Party Flag

Yadav said the SP’s ties with Azamgarh had begun from the time of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.

“Chaudhary saheb used to say that he could leave Baghpat but not Azamgarh. Netaji Mulayam Singh Yadav says that if Etawah is his heart, Azamgarh is his heartbeat. I feel that the Samajwadis have an emotional bond with Azamgarh,” the MP added.

By choosing Azamgarh, Akhilesh Yadav was following that tradition and would win with a historic margin, he asserted.