Last Updated: December 29, 2022, 20:12 IST
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said he won’t be attending the Bharat Jodo Yatra because he wasn’t invited. During a press conference, he also compared Congress with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and said they are the same.
“While our party has a different ideology, BJP and Congress are the same,” Yadav reportedly said, as he rubbished any chances of the Yatra facilitating Opposition unity against BJP.
Meanwhile, sources in the Congress had said an invitation was sent to Akhilesh Yadav for the Bharat Jodo Yatra, as well as to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.
Amid the ongoing row over OBC reservation in urban local body elections in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav said the BJP-ruled state government is anti-backward class. “Samajwadi Party is ready to go to Supreme Court to fight the battle of backward class,” he said.
OBC आरक्षण पर @yadavakhilesh का बयान,सरकार पिछड़ा वर्ग विरोधी,SP पिछड़ा वर्ग की लड़ाई लड़ने लिए सुप्रीम कोर्ट जाने को तैयार। pic.twitter.com/qRw6yaHAUQ— News18 Uttar Pradesh (@News18UP) December 29, 2022
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also dubbed the BJP as “anti-OBC” and “anti-Dalit”.
“If the government’s conscience is clear, it should convene a special session of assembly so that they can put forth their point and give us a chance to put our view on OBC reservation in urban local body polls,” he told reporters He said, if needed, the party’s OBC wing will approach the Supreme Court to protect the interest of the Other Backward Classes.
Notably, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday appointed a five-member commission on the reservation of OBCs in urban local body elections.
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