New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati on Sunday lambasted at Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad for participating in anti-Citizenship Act protests outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid instead of protesting in Uttar Pradesh, his state. She also accused Azad of influencing the party’s vote bank.

“The Dalits are of the view that Bhim Army’s Chandrashekhar is playing at the hands of the rival parties, and as a part of conspiracy, when the polls are around the corner, he stages protest and then goes to jail to affect the party’s votes in states where BSP is strong,” tweeted Mayawati adding that, “This is because assembly election is around the corner here (in Delhi).”

Cautioning BSP workers to be wary of ‘selfish elements, organisations and parties’, Mayawati further tweeted that that is the reason why such elements are never inducted into the party. It must be noted that police had taken Chandrashekhar Azad into their custody on Saturday morning for participating in the anti-CAA protests outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid. He was then sent to a 14-day judicial custody and was kept in Delhi’s Tihar jail. Notably, Azad was barred from participating in an anti-CAA protest march scheduled from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar in the national capital city.

On December 15, the BSP chief took a dig at the Congress party for supporting Shiv Sena even after the saffron party voted in favour of the contentious Citizenship Amedment Act in the Parliament. In a series of tweets in Hindi, Mamata said, “Shiv Sena is still on its original agenda, so they supported the Central Government on the Citizenship Amendment Bill and now they are not tolerant of the attitude of the Congress towards Savarkar.”

(With agency inputs)