Charging BSP with having a “tacit understanding” with BJP, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said Mayawati’s party has lagged behind in the race to power after all its senior leaders defected to the saffron party with their respective votebank. “BSP is levelling allegations against us because of BJP… These people have an understanding with BJP… We have been striving for the welfare of people… None has done so much work earlier,” he said.
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The chief minister was speaking at a function organised at his official residence here to inaugurate Noida-Greater Noida bus service.
In a retort to Mayawati’s allegation that SP had transferred its votes to BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he alleged that in fact it was BSP which had done it.
“It was to harm SP that BSP got its vote transferred to BJP in the last Lok Sabha polls… There are some people who are ready to even harm themselves in order to damage the prospects of others,” he said.
To a question, Akhilesh said, “We have no competition with BSP as it has lagged behind in the race… What has happened to the brothers of its bhaichara committees? All of them have gone to BJP… None has been left behind… All their votes have also gone to BJP but she (Mayawati) is out to mislead people and weaken the socialists in the fight to power.”
On his stand on alliance with Congress, Akhilesh said, “My stand is absolutely clear… Maybe she has not been able to understand that on its own SP is set to form government but in case of an alliance, we will win more than 300 (of the 403) seats… We will benefit the most from alliance.”