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‘Akhilesh Did Not Even Call or Visit After Poll Loss’: Mayawati

She also said Akhilesh had asked her to not give tickets to Muslims as it would lead to religious polarisation.

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Three weeks after she called off the alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati has launched a tirade against SP President Akhilesh Yadav, saying that she had not received even one call or a visit from him after the poll loss, IANS reported.

"After the mahagathbandhan lost the elections, I received no call from Akhilesh. BSP general secretary Satish Mishra asked him to speak to me, but he just wouldn't listen. But because I am senior to him, I called him up instead and expressed sadness over his family members losing," Mayawati told party members at the meeting, an NDTV report said.

She further said that Akhilesh Yadav called BSP leader Satish Chandra Misra after the party announced its decision to go solo in the Assembly by-elections but did not speak with her.

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“Akhilesh Asked Me Not to Give Tickets to Muslims”

Mayawati attacked the Yadav family and accused Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav of "working hand in glove with the BJP" to frame her in the Taj corridor case.

"Apart from the BJP, Mulayam also played a role in trying to frame me in the Taj corridor case," she said, referring to charges of corruption against her in respect to a project for upgradation of tourist facilities near the Taj Mahal, NDTV reported.

The BSP president also called Akhilesh ‘anti-Muslim’, according to IANS.

Mayawati said that Akhilesh Yadav had asked her to not give tickets to Muslims as it would result in religious polarisation.

"But I did not listen to him. When Akhilesh Yadav was the chief minister, injustice was done to non-Yadav and Dalits and that is why they did not give votes to the SP. The SP had protested against the promotion of the Dalits also," she said at a closed door party meeting, IANS reported.

Mayawati's statements, incidentally, were not a part of the official press release issued at the end of the meeting but sources later confirmed what she had said.

‘SP Workers Betrayed Me on a Number of Seats’

Attacking the SP further, Mayawati said that the SP members have been crediting themselves on BSP's win on 10 seats but the truth, she said, is if the SP has been able to bag even five seats, it was because of the BSP support, IANS reported.

Mayawati also alleged that the SP workers and leaders betrayed her on a number of seats and worked to defeat the BSP instead.

The BSP president said she confronted Akhilesh Yadav with facts on this issue but he did not take any action against the SP members, according to the report.

Mayawati's diatribe against Akhilesh Yadav makes it clear that the BSP is in no mood to continue any relationship with the SP.

(With inputs from IANS and NDTV.)

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