New Delhi: In a show of solidarity, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) held a press conference at Parliament on Monday where they came down heavily on the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the CBI probing SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in illegal mining case.

At the joint press conference, SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav said, “If a UP minister organises a press conference in Delhi and asks for a CBI probe against Akhilesh, what conclusion can you draw from it? It’ll backfire on them. The BJP won’t even get to set their feet in UP, the PM will have to leave Varanasi and fight elections from elsewhere.”

Agreeing with Yadav, BSP’s SC Mishra said, “In land-mafia case, the FIR is against the officer. That officer violated law made by the government in the allotment process, so how does that make then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav Ji responsible for it? Their (BJP) partners are leaving them, their new alliance is with CBI.”

Just a day earlier, UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh had directed his allegation at Akhilesh and said, “You cannot loot, and beat your chest over it. You’ve looted the people and law is taking its course. In 2016, the Allahabad High Court took cognizance of the matter and gave it to the CBI. The CBI does not work keeping in mind timing of elections or ‘gathbandhans’.”

His colleague Keshav Prasad Maurya had added that the SP-BSP alliance wouldn’t affect their party. “We have nothing to say on it (SP-BSP alliance) nor will we be affected. The country is firmly with Modi ji and people want to see him as the PM again,” he had said.