Expelled BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui on Friday appealed to UP CM Yogi Adityanath to extend ‘Z category’ security to him. He claimed that there was a threat to his life from the BSP leadership. Siddiqui called Mayawati, “the biggest blackmailer in India” and a “blot on humanity”, The Indian Express reported. Siddiqui held a press conference in Lucknow, where he claimed that BSP supremo could get ‘her gang members’ to attack him and requested the UP CM to provide him as well as his family security cover. A person who gets ‘Z category’ security is protected by paramilitary force personnel round the clock.
Siddiqui claimed that he had Z-category security on High Court’s orders, and asked Adityanath to ensure that it is to be given to him. “Whichever party the chief minister is from, he is the CM for everyone,” he said. He hit back at Mayawati, and said, “You called me a taping blackmailer, but I have not seen a bigger blackmailer than you in whole (of) India. You blackmail (party) workers, officers, MLAs, MPs, ministers,” IE reported. Siddiqui alleged that since the days of Kanshi Ram, Mayawati has been harassing senior leaders and many of them were expelled from the party, while others left the party and eight of them died of shock, a PTI report said.
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Denying Mayawati’s allegations about blackmailing, according to a telecast by ABP News, Siddiqui had said at the media conference that the BSP chief was accusing him of certain ‘crimes’ to hide her own intentions. He had asked the media as to who he had blackmailed by releasing the videos. Throwing a challenge at Mayawati, Siddiqui said that let her reveal the names of the alleged victims of his blackmail. He added that Mayawati should forget about Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections and dared her to even fight the Municipal Corporations, now that he wasn’t supporting her.
Naseemuddin Siddiqui was the closest aide of BSP supremo Mayawati for around three decades. However, the huge defeat in the UP Assembly elections 2017 changed the equations between the duo. When the BSP supremo had become Uttar Pradesh CM for the first time with the support of BJP in 1995, Naseemuddin was nominated to the Legislative Council and appointed as a minister. In the second BJP-BSP government in 1997, Naseemuddin served as the agriculture minister, while in 2002 he was appointed as a minister for transport, environment, and excise in the third BJP-BSP government.