'Can't have relations with such people': Mayawati slams Bhim Army chief; says she'll join grand alliance if BSP gets fair deal
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
Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday took on Bhim Army leader Chandra Shekhar aka Ravana, saying she can "never have a relation with these sort of people".
The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also made it clear that the BSP must be given a fair number of seats if it was to join a broad-based alliance to defeat the BJP.
The Bhim Army chief, who spent 15 months in jail after his arrest under the National Security Act (NSA) for his alleged role in the violence in Shabbirpur village in Uttar Pradesh in May 2017, was freed on Friday.
He announced then that he had no differences with Mayawati, whom he considered a "bua".
Addressing the media, Mayawati said: "For the past few days, a man who was recently released from jail is trying to call me 'Bua'. I can never have a relation with these sort of people."
She said she was not against a grand alliance against the 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. "Otherwise, we will go alone," Mayawati said.
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. All three states will see Assembly polls soon.
The man identified as Bhanwar Singh suffered 41 per cent burns in the incident that took place in Simrol town of Madhya Pradesh
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased and has issued directions to deploy National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force and Pradeshik Armed Constabulary teams for relief and rescue work as needed
Elections in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Gujarat are slated to be held by the end of this year