BJP leader Smriti Irani on Monday hit out at Akhilesh Yadav, wondering why the Samajwadi Party (SP) president was seeking support of Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had “insulted” the people of Uttar Pradesh.
While addressing a poll programme in Gautam Buddh Nagar’s Jewar, the Union Minister claimed Mr Yadav’s reach out to Banerjee was an indication that he is “not getting people’s support on his own strength”.
Ms Banerjee, whose TMC had defeated the BJP in the high-stake West Bengal elections last year, on Monday reached Lucknow, where she is expected to campaign in support of the SP on Tuesday.
Ms Irani claimed the situation has become such for Samajwadi Party that they have to gather people to tell the residents of Uttar Pradesh to seek support.
She slammed Mr Yadav for seeking support from Ms Banerjee despite her insulting the traditions, culture and food habits of the people of Uttar Pradesh.
“I want to ask Akhilesh ji, what has happened now that you want support of those who had forgotten the glorious past of this state and openly insult the residents of the state. What compulsion do you have?” she said.
“But Akhilesh ji is definitely giving indications that he is not getting public support on his own strength,” she added.