Pragatisheel Samaj Party (Lohia) led by Shivpal Singh Yadav countered Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s accusation that it was being run by the Bharatiya Janata Party, saying everyone knew who had formed the Government with the saffron party earlier.
It pointed out that Mayawati had formed the Government with the BJP’s support three times. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav had also earlier described his uncle’s party as the ‘B’ team of the BJP. “The allegation against Shivpalji is baseless. Everyone in the state knows who formed the Government with the BJP, and which party sells tickets and is involved in corruption. Shivpal’s fight against communalism is four-decade old,” PSPL chief spokesperson CP Rai said.
Mayawati, while addressing a joint press conference with Akhilesh Yadav in the state capital earlier in the day to announce the BSP-SP tie-up in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, asked the party cadre “to not waste their vote on his (Shivpal’s) party, (which is) funded by the BJP”.
She said the BJP’s money would go down the drain as it was running Shivpal’s party. Akhilesh, however, did not say anything about the party floated recently by his uncle.
Rai said Akhilesh Yadav should understand that the BSP had earlier taken the votes of Dalits, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Muslims, and went with the BJP, adding that “history can be repeated”.
“The SP workers were framed in fake cases during the BSP regime. The SP has allied with the party which humiliated Mulayam Singh Yadav and Janeshwar Mishra. This is an alliance of opportunism. Any ‘samajwadi’ will not accept it,” he said.