Mayawati Turns Down RJD Offer to Join Rajya Sabha from Bihar

Tejaswi Yadav at Sant Ravidas birth anniversary celebration in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav, taking a break from his ongoing 'Nyay Yatra' to seek justice for his jailed father and party President Lalu Prasad Yadav, at a function at S K Memorial Hall in Patna on Sunday said that he had offered BSP leader Mayawati to send her to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar but she refused the offer saying as long as the Narendra Modi government was in power, she had no intention of going to either Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha.

Yadav, who is trying to corner the dalit votes in Bihar realizing merely Yadav and Muslim votes were not enough to change the political landscape of Bihar in the next state elections, speaking at the birth anniversary of Sant Ravidas, a dalit icon, said that he had asked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to go to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar but she declined it saying she was not interested in it because of the Modi government at the center.

The former Deputy Chief Minister, while singing paean of Mayawati, a self-declared leader of the Dalits, slammed another claimant to the title Ram Vilas Paswan, a minister in the NDA government saying the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President only gave lip service to the Dalits while Mayawati's illustrious career gave an entirely different picture.

"Paswan talks about revisiting reservation issue and yet he allows his son to contest Lok Sabha election from a reserved seat. Can he explain why?" the younger son of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi asked.

Relying once again on politics of caste, a time-proven electoral tactics, Yadav said that those who were now complaining about rise in casteism were the same people who did not want Dalits and backwards to progress in life.

"My father was the first one who brought Dalits and backwards into mainstream politics and also gave them their voice that had been suppressed for ages but 'these people' always opposed his efforts and never wanted to see the dream of Baba Saheb Bheemrao Ambedkar become a reality. There is a concerted effort to end reservation in the country but we won't allow them to succeed in their nefarious scheme," Yadav, who was chosen by his father to lead the party while he remains incarcerated in a Jharkhand jail, said.

To further ensure the Dalit vote, Yadav again reiterated his demand for 70% reservation in jobs and college admissions for the backwards saying he will not rest until his demand was met.

Reacting to Yadav's offer to Mayawati, Janata Dal – U spokesperson Sanjay Singh asked the former Deputy Chief Minister to clarify how much money or property was promised to the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister since that is how the entire Yadav family acquired power and properties.

"We all know the RJD modus operandi by now. There is always a quid pro quo when it comes to Lalu family so it would be nice if Tejaswi Yadav came out clean on what was offered to Mayawati in exchange for a Rajya Sabha seat," the JD-U leader said.

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