Briefing the media, party Vice President Kironmoy Nanda said the announcement had the approval of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
While Mayawati’s BSP is likely to bag 115-124 seats, the incumbent Samajwadi Party is expected to win 94-103 seats in polls for the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
“If I have taken any decision, it was in consultation with ‘netaji’, but at times one has to apply his own mind and I too took some decisions on my own,” he said.
Calling him an “arrogant CM”, Afzal Ansari said Akhilesh opposed the merger for “his own branding as a person with a clean image”.
Akhilesh also raised the issue of the list of 346 families that BJP MP from Kairana, Hukum Singh, had released claiming that they had migrated out of Kairana.
Refuting the allegations that Ram Vriksh Yadav was his relative, Akhilesh said: “Neither me nor anyone in my family has any association with Ram Vriksh. Not all Yadavs are my relatives”.
Sub-divisional magistrate, Kairana, Ram Avtar Gupta said, prior to creation of Shamli district, Kairana was tehsil of Muzaffarnagar district.
The BJP MP from Kairana, Hukum Singh had put out a list of 346 Hindu families who he said had left their homes following threat and extortion by people belonging to a particular community.
BJP President Amit Shah also referred to the alleged migration of 100 families of a community from the western UP town of Kairana, and said that it is a matter of deep concern.
“Now it has emerged that over 80 intelligence inputs were sent to the government but it did not act because it was in collusion with land mafia,” said BJP national secretary.
The probe will be conducted by a retired judge of Allahabad High Court and the inquiry committee has been asked to submit its report within two months.
The Akhilesh Yadav government does not wish to seem too restrictive in its measures for fear of a backlash.
Sharma, speaking in Saddulapur village, said that if Akhilesh Yadav did not have confidence in his officers, he should resign from the chief minister’s post,
A month after accusing the Centre of doing politics over drought and rejecting its offer of a water train, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday claimed the Modi government was not providing enough help to farmers whose crops have been affected by hailstorm.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik today sought a detailed report about the Mathura incident from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.