Former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui, who was recently expelled from the party said that the decision-makers of the party will themselves ruin the party and he was not required for the same, an Indian Express report said. Naseemuddin Siddiqui, who was for a long time the Muslim face of the party, had accused party supremo Mayawati of demanding Rs 50 crore from him.
He had also released recordings of phone conversations in which Mayawati is purportedly heard asking for money from him – the BSP claimed she only asked Siddiqui to return party funds for membership drives.
Speaking to the national daily on his plans and politics of the BSP, the former Uttar Pradesh Minister said many left the party because of Mayawati’s decision to expel him. He also elaborated about his meeting with about 50 coordinators, ministers, MLAs, MPs and district presidents last Wednesday and said that it was then decided they would form a morcha.
While pointing out that he will tour the state soon to meet supporters and discuss a name of the front, Siddiqui stressed the front won’t contest elections. He added that as elections are two years away, a decision will be taken on whether the front will be merged into a party or form an alliance.
When asked whether the BSP will continue to get community support, he said Muslims know what attitude, Mayawati has towards them. Stressing that, he never believed in politics of caste or religion, the former BSP leader said even as leaders are made faces of their communities, the final control remains under one person.
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The minister, when asked whether he would prefer to join a political party, said a decision will be taken after consulting with his supporters, Indian Express said.