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‘Akhilesh just wants Dalit vote bank’: Bhim Army chief Azad says no alliance with Samajwadi Party

By Priyanka Verma 
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‘Akhilesh just wants Dalit vote bank’: Bhim Army chief Azad says no alliance with Samajwadi Party

New Delhi: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Saturday said that an alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party could not happen since he felt the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister just wants Dalit vote bank and not a Dalit leader. Azad, a Dalit-Bahujan rights activist, said he tried for over a month to form an alliance with the Samajwadi Party but it didn’t fructify, alleging that Akhilesh Yadav humiliated the people of Bahujan Samaj.

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Addressing a press conference, Chandra Shekhar Aazad said he unified the ‘Bahujan Samaj’ and kept meeting Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav for six months. Aazad said he was in Lucknow for two days to meet Akhilesh Yadav.

“I had left the responsibility on him [Akhilesh Yadav]. He insulted me by not calling me,” Chandra Shekhar Aazad said.

“My people feared that our leader would also join the Samajwadi Party. Akhilesh ji does not need Dalits,” Aazad added.

Earlier in the day, talking about the alliance with the Samajwadi Party, Chandra Shekhar Aazad told India Today, “The alliance has been confirmed. That’s why I am going there [for press conference]. I will tell the press at 10 am on what terms everything has been decided.”

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Aazad and Akhilesh Yadav were supposed to hold a joint press conference on Saturday at 12.30 pm.

Chandra Shekhar Aazad alleged that Akhilesh Yadav could not understand “social justice” and kept silent on matters related to Dalits.

Chandra Shekhar Aazad said in order to stop the BJP, he tried joining hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and SP. “I considered Akhilesh Yadav as my elder brother,” Aazad said.

“My fight for social justice will continue. I will unite the Opposition or else I will fight myself,” he said.

Speaking to India Today, Chandra Shekhar Aazad said he had been trying to talk to Akhilesh Yadav for nearly two months but the SP leader did not respond. “When we did not receive any response yesterday, our faith broke,” he said.

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“I will tell in two days about whom to go [for election]. Otherwise, we will fight alone,” he added.

“Now I will try to unite the scattered opposition parties. Otherwise I will fight for social justice myself,” he further said.

Several BJP MLAs and two UP ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government, most of them backward caste leaders, resigned from the party and joined SP during a virtual rally on Friday in presence of Akhilesh Yadav. In identical resignation letters, all MLAs alleged that the interests of backwards and Dalits were neglected by the current government.

Following the virtual rally at SP’s Lucknow office, the Uttar Pradesh police registered an FIR against the party for violating coronavirus disease (Covid-19) protocols.

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