Lucknow, Jun 24: Samajwadi Party has termed the unilateral announcement of ending the alliance by the Bahujan Samaj party chief Mayawati as `good riddance’.The SP also dismissed the charges leveled by Mayawati against its president Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav as `frivolous and preposterous’.
Soon after BSP chief Mayawati announced that she would contest alone in the upcoming elections, sources in Samajwadi Party (SP) said the party is gearing up to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party alone in Uttar Pradesh.``In last more than two decades we have contested all the elections on our strength and we will continue to do so,’ said ST Hasan, the Samajwadi party MP from Moradabad.
Dismissing the allegation by Mayawati that SP president had asked her to not to give tickets to Muslim candidates, Hasan said in a statement here on Monday ``Akhilesh Yadav has never made this kind of conversation on phone or in person.’’ He however added ``We want to remind the BSP president that her party had no representation in previous Lok Sabha and due to alliance with us, her party won 10 seats’’.
Azam Khan, the Samajwadi party MP from Rampur said, ``our party has so far said nothing about the alliance—its success or failure. If Mayawati wants to contest the byelections to 12 UP assembly seat alone then we have no problem. BSP has right to fix its own political priorities’’.He however added ``Mayawati lacks political depth and is a fickle minded person, we expected this kind of behaviour from her after the elections’’.
The Samajwadi party sources also claimed that it is incorrect on Mayawati's part to blame the party for the loss in the recently concluded national elections, and it was the BSP that failed to transfer its core vote bank to SP candidates. The party also stated that BSP has lost hold over its core vote bank of Scheduled Caste (SC) votes.
A senior SP leader, while commenting on Mayawati's statements, here said, "There is nothing unexpected about her statements. She always uses this kind of language when she falls out with a party or leader. The question is that if she knew all these facts why did she forge the alliance in the first place?"
The BSP chief Mayawati three weeks after she called off the alliance with the Samajwadi Party has launched a tirade against SP President Akhilesh Yadav by calling him 'anti-Muslim'. Mayawati said that Akhilesh Yadav had asked her to not give tickets to Muslims as it would result in religious polarization.
"But I did not listen to him. When Akhilesh Yadav was the Chief Minister, injustice was done to non-Yadav and Dalits and that is why they did not give votes to the SP. The SP had protested against the promotion of the Dalits also," she said at a closed-door party meeting.
The BSP President also charged SP president that she had called him on the counting day but he did not answer her calls. "He should have told me where my party workers did not support him." She further said that Akhilesh Yadav called BSP leader Satish Chandra Misra after the party announced its decision to go solo in the Assembly by-elections but did not speak with her.
Attacking the SP further, Mayawati said that the SP members have been crediting themselves on BSP's win on 10 seats but the truth, she said, is if the SP has been able to bag even five seats, it was because of the BSP support. Mayawati also alleged that the SP workers and leaders betrayed her on a number of seats and worked to defeat the BSP instead. The BSP President said she confronted Akhilesh Yadav with facts on this issue but he did not take any action against the SP members. (UNI)