The Samajwadi Party will not have any alliance with bigger parties, including the Congress, and smaller outfits like that of Om Prakash Rajbhar who opened the doors for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh last time are now with him, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav told News18 in an exclusive interview.
He also said that the PM’s remark on ‘Lal Topi’ (the signature red cap of the SP) showed that the BJP feared it and explained that his contentious comment regarding “spending one’s last days in Varanasi” was pointed at the BJP government. Yadav also demanded that union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra Teni be removed, as investigators had established a conspiracy in the Lakhimpur case of farmers being mowed down involving the BJP leader’s son.
He said SP will have no alliance with big parties. It will also shun parties such as Om Prakash Rajbhar’s and others which opened the doors for the BJP (in UP). This time, not only did they close those doors but also fastened those doors with a latch.
Referring to Lakhimpur Kheri episode, he said at least the investigation is now out and those accused have been found to be conspiring. There were questions raised on people and they still are part of the government (MoS home Ajay Mishra Teni).
Can the BJP deny that land acquisition for Kashi redevelopment began during the SP government? As far as Kashi Vishwanath Dham redevelopment is concerned, why was work on the Varuna river stopped? The Metro’s detailed project report (DPR) and budget were sanctioned by us. Why were the ghats not completed? The bridges that were built during Netaji’s (Mulayam Singh Yadav’s) time, the BJP is trying to take credit for. The BJP should tell me why it stopped projects that were initiated by the SP. We acquired land for AIIMS. The gas pipeline that was supposed to go up to Haldia was approved during our government’s tenure. We didn’t get no-objection certificates (NOCs) for Jewar and Firozabad airports. Had they been given, UP would have one more international airport.
“The BJP should think about their elderly leaders first and then only should they raise fingers at others. They have senior leaders who were disrespected. No one knows where they are. They should look into the mirror and self-reflect,” he said.
With inputs from News18