Following the disastrous performance in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, the infighting within the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has come down to washing dirty laundry in the public. On Wednesday, senior leader and one of Mayawati’s most trusted aides, Naseemuddin Siddiqui was expelled from the party for being involved in “anti-party activities”. On Thursday, Siddiqui went public about the feud and released 7 audio clips and claimed to have 150 CDs on party supremo Mayawati. Siddiqui had claimed that the former UP Chief Minister had demanded Rs 50 crore from him, IE reported. Within 2 hours of Siddiqui’s allegations, Mayawati held a press conference and told reporters that the expelled leader had been a “blackmailer” and that the tapes were ‘doctored’. She had claimed that Siddiqui had edited the clips since it was just her voice and not his.
Continuing the retaliation, Mayawati had alleged that Naseemuddin Siddiqui had the BSP’s “books of membership” but had not settled them and she was telling him to do so in the recorded clips. According to the Indian Express, in one of the clips, Mayawati is heard saying, “Jis ko aapne membership ki kitab dilayi thi, usne hisaab nahi kiya hai, us se baat karo”(The one, you had given the membership book, he hasn’t done any settlement. Talk to him). In another clip, she says, “party ko aap ne diya nahi, party ne aap ko bahut kuchch diya hai, aap 9 ko aao, phir baat karna, membership ki kitab hai toh sabko member banana hoga” (If have given to the party and the party has given a lot to you. Come on 9th and then talk. If there is a book of membership and everybody mentioned had to become a member).
Mayawati spoke to reporters and said that she had told Siddiqui that he would have to give the money as party workers were claiming that he had it. She further claims to have told him that it was a party of the poor and the oppressed and this was their money. Mayawati also claimed that Siddiqui had kept 50% of the money for himself, although she did not reveal the concerned amount.