THE “HISTORIC alliance” between the SP and the BSP will “wipe out” the BJP from the region, and the 120 Lok Sabha seats from UP and Bihar will decide the government at the Centre after the elections this year, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said.
Tejashwi’s remarks at a joint press conference with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow Monday came a day after his meeting with Mayawati — he tweeted images of him bending to touch the feet of the BSP supremo.
Extended warm Birthday greetings in advance to the person who deserves honor because of everything she has achieved in life.
Elders teaches us a ton when we grow up under their guidance. I wish many more years ahead, happiness & success to Honourable Mayawati Ji. Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/yNI4afTvF0
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) January 14, 2019
Endorsing Tejashwi’s claims, Akhilesh said the future Prime Minister would be “new” and from “Uttar Pradesh”.
“The message of this alliance has gone not just across UP but also across the country… UP and Bihar will define who is going to form the central government,” said Tejashwi.
“There are 120 seats — 80 seats of UP and 40 seats in Bihar — and if we add Jharkhand also, which has 14 seats, then there would be 134 seats. Out of these, the BJP or NDA has close to 115 to 118 seats. But the way we are growing stronger in Bihar and formed an alliance there, the way people are getting together in Jharkhand, BJP will go down to 100 minus in the region,” he claimed.
“We are confident that the BJP has been wiped out in UP and Bihar, and there should not be any doubt about it,” he said.
Sitting next to Tejashwi, Akhilesh said the RJD leader’s visit has sent “a message to the public” and will help in “cementing” the alliance.
Akhilesh said people across the country are unhappy with the BJP, and that the “public of UP and Bihar was also unhappy that instead of launching the Bullet train from UP to Bengal”, it was instead “given to Ahmedabad”.
Tejashwi also took aim at the BJP-led NDA government and accused it of using central investigative agencies, such as the CBI and ED, to target his family in various cases. Tejashwi also alleged that his father Lalu Prasad was in jail because Prime Minister Narendra Modi is afraid of him.
Speaking on Modi, Tejashwi said: “What work has been done? All we come to hear in the country today is lynching, society is being communalised, poison is being spread.”
The RJD leader also referred to his key political rival, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, as the “chacha who cheated”, and alleged that law-and-order was deteriorating under the JD(U)-BJP rule.
Tejashwi’s visit to Lucknow to meet Mayawati and Akhilesh has given rise to two views within the three parties and the Congress. One, that it presents the broad outline of a key alliance that’s taking shape across two states. And two, that it’s a “subtle” political signal to the Congress in Bihar before seat-sharing talks that there are “other allies” to “accommodate”.
“One must not read too much into this. It is just a matter of expressing solidarity with SP-BSP, and also seeking the blessings of Mayawati to send a message to Dalit voters in Bihar,” said a senior RJD leader in Patna.
“We have put forward a demand for 16 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. The RJD is now telling us subtly that there are other allies to accommodate,” said a Congress leader in Bihar.
Reacting to the allegations made by Tejashwi, state BJP president Mahendra Nath Pandey said the RJD leader had “lost his mind” as he is tense because of his brother and father, who is in jail in a corruption case. He said Tejashwi’s statement was a result of his “mansik diwaliapan” (mental bankruptcy).