Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya hit back at Akhilesh Yadav’s advice to follow the pattern of what happened in Bihar and said the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader was “desperate without power”.
“Without electricity, Akhilesh Yadav is desperate. He is like a fish without water. The Samajwadi party has become the samaptwadi party,” Maurya said.
Akhilesh Yadav had said that if Mr Maurya came with 100 BJP MPs and pulled a leaf of what happened in Bihar, the Samajwadi party would support him.
In Bihar, JD-U leader Nitish Kumar broke his alliance with the BJP last month and once again joined forces with the RJD to form the Mahagathbandhan government.
Slamming Mr Yadav, the CM MP from Uttar Pradesh said he was not a supporter of the background and was making such remarks to stay in the limelight.
“Their 100 MPs are ready to join the BJP. We don’t need to break the party because our government is functioning effectively with an absolute majority,” Maurya said.
Mr Maurya also criticized Akhilesh Yadav’s remarks during the assembly session. “He doesn’t want a leader of the backward classes to come forward and rule by causing divisions. His desire to rise to power will not come true in the next 25 years,” the BJP leader said.
UP BJP chairman Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary also denounced Mr Yadav, saying he should be concerned about his own MPs and his alliance rather than ‘offer’ the CM post to Mr Maurya.
“Keshavji is a proven worker, organizationally committed and dedicated to the party ideology. He will always be with the BJP. He is not a leader to act selfishly. He will control Akhilesh Yadav, which he (Yadav) will control him.”
“Akhilesh Yadav should be worried about his alliance, his family, his party and his MPs because his lawmakers are in touch with us,” Chaudhary added.
During his visit to Barabanki today, Mr Maurya met with district officials and reviewed development works. He said Uttar Pradesh is setting new records under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Mr. Maurya also met with BJP workers and urged them to work enthusiastically for the 2024 elections in Lok Sabha.
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