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Tejaswi meets Mayawati, Akhilesh; says BJP will be 'cleaned up' from U.P., Bihar

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav (right) with Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejaswi Yadav in Lucknow on Monday.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav (right) with Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejaswi Yadav in Lucknow on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt

After meeting Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati late on Sunday, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav on Monday afternoon, met Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav at the latter's residence.

The meetings assume significance in the wake of the recent forging of an alliance between the SP and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

After landing in Lucknow on Sunday, Mr. Tejaswi headed straight for Ms. Mayawati's residence. This came on a day when the Congress, stung by its rejection, said it would contest all 80 seats with the help of smaller allies. In Bihar, the RJD is in alliance with the Congress.

Interacting with media after meeting Ms. Mayawati, Mr. Tejaswi said he had come to wish the BSP chief in advance for her birthday (January 15) and to seek her blessings. Referring to Ms. Mayawati, who was standing beside him, he said young leaders like him had a lot to learn from her and walk in the path shown by her.

The BJP would be "cleaned up" from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Not a single seat would be won by it or its allies in the two States. "The SP-BSP alliance will show the direction to the country," he said.

Images shared by Tejaswi on his Twitter page.

Images shared by Tejaswi on his Twitter page.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

Mayawati blames BJP for Lalu's imprisonment

Ms. Mayawati referred to Mr. Tejaswi's father Lalu Prasad, who is jailed in the fodder scam, saying the alliance in Uttar Pradesh had given a boost to his family's morale. Prasad faced repression by a vindictive BJP. "We are with him," she said, referring to Mr. Tejaswi.

On Monday, Mr. Tejaswi echoed the same view. Claiming that his father was jailed because Mr. Modi perceived him as a threat, he said, "The CBI and the ED are no longer agencies but have become alliance partners of the BJP."

Ms. Mayawati said her goal was to ensure that "narrow-minded, communal and casteist" forces became weak in all the States. "Such forces sitting in power is not in the interest of public and nation."

In a dig at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Mr. Tejaswi said there was an attempt to implement "Nagpuriya law" in the country by removing the Constitution of B.R. Ambedkar. The announcement of the SP-BSP alliance had fulfilled the vision of his father who had regularly pitched for such a tie-up in the 2017 Assembly election.

"A state of undeclared emergency prevails in the country. Constitution is being tampered with... full attempt to end reservation. Because if you see what Mohan Bhagwat had said. Today Narendra Modi is doing the same work," Mr. Tejaswi said at the airport.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav (right) with Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejaswi Yadav in Lucknow on Monday.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav (right) with Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejaswi Yadav in Lucknow on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

U.P., Bihar will decide the next Union govt: Tejaswi

Later on Monday, Mr. Akhilesh and Mr. Tejaswi jointly addressed the media. Mr. Tejaswi said he was here to congratulate Mr. Akhilesh for the SP-BSP alliance which, he said, had sent a message to the people that they would "cement" the alliance further and the public would support this endeavour. 

"From Delhi to Kolkata, there is happiness over the alliance. People are standing against the BJP everywhere; the BJP has cheated every section in the last five years," said Mr. Akhilesh. 

Mr. Tejaswi said the SP-BSP alliance had far-reaching impact across the country, and was a step in "the national interest, to save the Constitution and for social justice and secularism." Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would decide who will run the government in 2019, referring to their combined strength of 120 seats in the Lok Sabha.

"The Prime Minister had fulfilled not even a single promise he made" to people, be it the Make in India scheme, Smart Cities and Clean Ganga projects, or providing two crore jobs to youth. Instead, mob lynching is being reported across India, and society is being communalised and the poison [of hate] is being spread," said the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

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