New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday lambasted Bhim Army president Chandrashekar Azad aka ‘Ravan’ who was recently released from jail. Addressing reporters at her new house in Mall Avenue in Lucknow, the BSP chief stated that she can “never have a relation with these sort of people”.
“For the past few days, a man who was recently released from jail is trying to call me ‘Bua’. My party and I can never be associated with people who were jailed for violence and were freed as part of a strategy against Bahujan Samaj Party. If people would have been following the path shown by Baba Saheb and Kanshiram Ji, then they would have come out in support and taken the BSP movement forward instead of forming a separate outfit,” the Former UP CM said.
Notably Mayawati’s statement comes after the Bhim Army chief had announced that he had no differences with Mayawati, whom he considered a ‘bua’. Chandrashekar was arrested under the National Security Act (NSA) for his alleged role in the violence in Shabbirpur village in Uttar Pradesh, in May 2017. One man was killed, 16 people were injured and around 25 houses were burnt in the subsequent inter-caste clashes. Azad, an accused of rioting spent 15 months in jail. He walked freely from Saharanpur district jail on Friday.
After coming out of jail, the Bhim Army chief called on Imran Masood who is considered as Congress’ heavy-weight in West UP. Political experts believed that the meeting was a testimony to speculations of ‘Ravan’ being in touch with the top Congress leadership.
Meanwhile, the BSP is reportedly in talks with the Congress to sew up alliance in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh where it is a minor player. The BSP chief said that she was not against a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but would come on board only if her party was given a respectable share of seats in states where it was a minor player.
“We are not against having an alliance in the upcoming polls. But it will happen only if we are given a respectable number of seats. Otherwise, we will go alone,” Mayawati added.