Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati dialled Samajwadi party supremo Akhilesh Yadav and extended her full support to him after reports emerged that he might be quizzed by the CBI in connection with a mining scam.
"Do not be shaken by such gimmicks," she told Yadav, while terming the reports as "political animosity" of the ruling BJP.
The BSP chief also alleged that like the Congress, the ruling BJP was "misusing" the government machinery to "trap" its opponents in false cases.
"The CBI raids and later the threat of quizzing by the CBI in a mining scam is nothing but political animosity of the BJP. Such petty politics and political conspiracy are not new for the BJP. The people of the country have understood it and they will teach the BJP a lesson in the Lok Sabha polls," she said in a press release.
It said that Mayawati called up Yadav on Sunday and talked to him over the issue.
Mayawati alleged that soon after the news of SP-BSP alliance for the Lok Sabha polls came out, the BJP government used the CBI and raids were conducted in an old mining scam and the news of quizzing Akhilesh Yadav was deliberately spread.
“Is this not an action to defame the SP-BSP alliance? Mayawati said.
Yadav may face a CBI probe in a case of illegal mining, according to the agency FIR made public Saturday, the day Samajwadi Party and Mayawati-led BSP indicated their intent to join hands in Uttar Pradesh to fight the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.
The agency had also carried out searches at 14 locations.
Claiming that she was "framed" in the Taj corridor case in 2003 when she did not agree to an alliance for the 2004 general elections, Mayawati said, "But later people took revenge and the BSP got absolute majority in the 2007 Assembly polls."
Terming the CBI raids "politically motivated", the Samajwadi Party chief had on Sunday also questioned the credibility of the federal probe agency.
Exuding confidence, former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh said he is ready to face the CBI, but people are also ready to answer the BJP.
"Now we have to tell the CBI as to how many seats we have distributed in the gathbandhan (alliance). I am happy that at least the BJP has shown its colours. Earlier, the Congress gave us the chance to meet the CBI, and this time it is the BJP, which has given us this opportunity," Yadav said.
Congress's Kapil Sibal also attacked the BJP, saying that whoever spoke against it was raided.
Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha.