Calling the recent Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) alliance in the state a mismatch, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohiya) president Shivpal Yadav on Saturday said that while SP chief Akhilesh Yadav betrayed his father, BSP chief Mayawati betrayed BJP leaders whom she once called “her brothers”.
Speaking in Ballia at a programme, Shivpal said that both these parties cannot be trusted as they can betray anyone.
“The SP-BSP alliance is a mismatch. Akhilesh, who reached heights with his father’s help, and Mayawati, who called BJP leaders her brother and also tied rakhi on their wrist, have now cheated them. They cannot be trusted and they can betray anyone at any time,” Shivpal said, adding that no alliance in the state can be successful without the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party.
“After forming the government with the Samajwadi Party in 1993, the BSP had betrayed Mulayam Singh in merely 17 months,” Shivpal said recalling her association with the BJP in the past.
On Akhilesh, he said that the SP president not only betrayed his father but also the Congress with which he fought the last Assembly polls in UP by entering into an alliance with the BSP. He claimed “backbiters and sycophants have brought the party to a situation where senior leaders are parting ways with it”. He also accused SP Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav of damaging the party and blamed him for the SP’s defeat in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
Shivpal further slammed the central and state BJP government over “unfulfilled promises and corruption”. He denied any possibility of alliance with the BJP and said that he cannot go with a party he has been opposing for the last 40 years.
What’s next for Shivpal?
While Shivpal Yadav had earlier said that he was ready to be part of a grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh even after his differences with the SP, he started attacking the SP-BSP alliance soon after it as announced. Shivpal’s party was not given any seat in the seat sharing. With Shivpal himself ruling out any chance of joining hands with the BJP, political analysts say that there are chances that he might go for some understanding with the Congress, but there is no clarity on this as the latter has not commented on any such possibility so far. However, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has continuously been accusing PSP of being BJP’s B-party.
“The country is in adverse condition. At the time of Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he will do ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ but nothing happened. He did not fulfill any of his promises. There is more unemployment in the country and the youth are frustrated,” he said. “In Uttar Pradesh, nothing moves without a bribe. The officers are out of control and no one is listening to the people,” he added.
On the infamous guest house incident of 1995, which had caused a previous alliance government between the SP and BSP to fall, Shivpal said that he is still ready for a narco test to confirm his innocence, but Mayawati is not agreeing to do the same.