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Denied audience with Akhilesh,‘ambitious’ Tikait lashes out at SP

He reportedly wanted to contest LS seat on SP ticket.

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published: September 18, 2012 1:58:44 am

He reportedly wanted to contest LS seat on SP ticket.

The bonhomie between the Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) seems to be over. Rakesh Tikait,BKU general secretary and son of late Mahendra Singh Tikait,failed to get an audience with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday.

Rakesh had come to invite Akhilesh for unveiling the statue of his father and BKU founder Mahendra Singh Tikait at Sisauli village in Muzaffarnagar on October 6. Rakesh even met SP’s national president Mulayam Singh Yadav,urging him to arrange an appointment with the CM,but failed to get any commitment.”

“During the last meeting with the CM on August 21,we had discussed about the statue unveiling function. Akhilesh himself had given assurance of his participation. If the state’s CM cannot keep his words,then I have nothing to say. With the date fast approaching,I am yet to get a confirmation from the CM’s office,” Rakesh said.

He also stated that Mulayam Singh Yadav had asked him to contact the CM’s office for an appointment but he could not get through. He said Akhilesh’s advisors were misleading him,delaying the confirmation of his programme.

“There are many leaders with bigger stature ready to come. I wanted that since he is the CM,he should come. It appears that he is backtracking now. If Akhilesh wants to come,he is welcome but I am going ahead with our programme,” Rakesh told The Indian Express.

Before returning to Muzaffarnagar,Rakesh met SP spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary for arranging an appointment. Sources said he even asked Choudhary to depute any senior SP leader for the function if the CM was unable to make it.

BKU is organising the function to commemorate the 77th birth anniversary of Mahendra Singh Tikait. A life-size statue of Tikait will be unveiled at the BKU headquarters at Sisauli,also his birthplace. Rakesh had already publicised in the region that the CM would attend the event.

Sources in SP stated that the party now wants to maintain a distance from Rakesh Tikait due to his political ambitions. Rakesh had earlier contested from Khatauli Assembly seat in Muzaffarnagar in the 2007 elections as a candidate of Bahujan Kisan Dal with the Congress’ support but lost. Now he reportedly wanted to contest the Lok Sabha election from Bijnore as SP candidate.

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