New Delhi: Mayawati on Thursday announced that she will make her nephew Akash join the BSP movement and make him learn. Her comments came in the wake of media reports that her nephew would be her heir apparent. The party chief also hit out at parties and leaders over unrest following Bahujan Samaj Party’s popularity after its alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, she said, “Rise in the popularity of BSP and its alliance with SP has created unrest among parties and leaders who are anti-Dalits and casteist. Instead of fighting us fair and square they are making absurd remarks against us and conspiring with some casteist and anti-Dalit TV channels.”

Terming the media as ‘casteist and anti-Dalit’ for raising issues of nepotism, she said her younger brother Anand Kumar and his family had selflessly struggled since 2003 to support her and the BSP but never sought a party position.

Furthermore, the BSP chief warned of a befitting reply to the media reports and said, “I am a disciple of Kanshi Ram ji, so to give a ‘tit for tat’ answer I will make Akash (her nephew) join BSP movement and make him learn. If some casteist and anti-Dalit section of media has a problem with that then let it be. Our party doesn’t care.”

In his mid-twenties, Akash is the son of Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar. In 2017, she had introduced him to senior party functionaries. She had told them that he is an MBA graduate from London and would also be involved in party affairs. He was a prominent face in recent meetings Mayawati had with Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav and her birthday celebrations.

Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) on January 12 announced that they would contest the upcoming general elections together in UP, sharing 38 seats each of the total 80 parliamentary constituencies in the state. The parties kept Congress out of the alliance but said they would not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, respectively.