Lucknow: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav has met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati in Lucknow, said reports on Monday. The late evening meeting happened a day after the BSP and Samajwadi party officially announced their alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (Also read: Akhilesh Says BJP Members Want to Join, SP, BSP)
Today, Yadav is set to meet SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, said reports. While claiming he had come to seek the blessings of both the leaders, Yadav launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the ‘undeclared emergency’ in the country.
He also claimed that it was the wish of his father, RJD chief and former chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, that there was an alliance between the two parties even for UP Assembly elections. “Lalu ji had hoped that there would be a mahagatbandhan even in UP assembly elections and had said that SP and BSP should contest elections together,” Yadav was quoted as saying by a leading daily.
Maintaining that he personally had nothing against the PM, Yadav added that his party had been critical of both the RSS and the BJP even before PM Modi came to power. He called it a fight of ‘ideals and principles’. He reportedly said, “They are playing around with the Constitution. There are attempts to end reservation entirely. They want to replace Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s Constitution with Nagpuria kanoon. We will not allow that to happen.”
The former Bihar deputy chief minister also said that the BJP was bent upon destroying constitutional institutions in the country and was misusing the government machinery to target its political opponents. “Lalu ji is in jail because he refused to bend before the BJP. They filed a case against me when I was just 13 or 14. For a matter dating back to 2004 or 2005, a case was filed against me in 2017. In this matter, Nitish chacha also played a role,” he said, pointing a finger at NDA ally Nitish Kumar who had fought the Bihar Assembly
elections in an alliance with the RJD.
In the same way, Yadav alleged, the BJP had used the CBI against the SP after the alliance was firmed up, digging up an old mining case against Akhilesh.