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Rajya Sabha MP Akhilesh Das accused of trying to bribe Mayawati hits back

Nov 06, 2014 09:25 AM IST Politics Politics
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Lucknow: Rajya Sabha MP Akhilesh Das who has been accused by BSP chief Mayawati of trying to bribe her to keep his RS seat has hit back at the former CM.

Das had resigned from the BSP on November 3. He said that Mayawati realises it is a big loss for the party and hence was concocting stories. "I understand that Mayawati is very upset that I left the party. She knows that it is a huge loss and whatever she has said is out of panic," he said.

The Rajya Sabha term of Das is coming to an end this month. Mayawati on Wednesday alleged that the Rajya Sabha MP had offered her Rs 100 crores for renominating him to the Upper House.

"Akhilesh Das had talked to me in Delhi and had offered money for repeating him as BSP candidate to the Rajya Sabha," she said. "Das had said that he was ready to give Rs 50 crores to Rs 100 crores for getting Rajya Sabha ticket saying that as the BSP is out of power now, I would need funds to run the party," Mayawati told reporters.

The BSP supremo said that she told Das that she would not make him RS candidate even if he offered Rs 200 crores and instead of taking help from an individual, her party gets funds through donations made by poor and the downtrodden.

Back to her Dalit politics, Mayawati nominated Dalit leaders Rajaram and Veer Singh for forthcoming Rajya Sabha elections.