BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday took a swipe at Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, saying he was getting expelled and "ineffective" leaders from other parties to join his party just to remain in the news.
This is the second consecutive day that Mayawati has targeted Mr Yadav after five MLAs suspended by the BSP last year met the Samajwadi Party chief on Tuesday, triggering speculation that they may join his party
In a tweet in Hindi, Mayawati said, The condition of SP has become so bad that in order to remain in the media every day, even former MLAs and small workers of other parties, who have been expelled or have become ineffective in their areas, are being made to join the party by the Samajwadi Party chief himself many times.
She also alleged that the Samajwadi Party chief has no longer has faith in his own local leaders.
Mayawati asserted that her party is getting only the right leaders to join the BSP.
The local level leaders of the BSP have been continuously making only the right people of other parties, including the Samajwadi Party, join after investigation, this is well known, she said.
On Wednesday, Mayawati had said that the "Samajwadi Party, which is an expert in narrow politics of despicable manipulations, malice and casteism, is publicising through the media that some BSP MLAs are breaking away to join the SP. This is an intense illusion".
According to the statement issued by the Sanajwadi Party on Wednesday Amar Pal Sharma, former BSP MLA from Sahibabad, had joined Yadav's party along with his supporters.
The statement had also stated that leaders and workers of many other parties had taken membership of the party.
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