Lucknow, 39/11:After consolidating his tie-ups with several smaller outfits which have influence over ‘non-Yadav’ OBC voters, Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav has now set his eyes on the ‘Jatav’ (SC) vote bank of BSP supremo Mayawati and has initiated talks with Dalit leader and Bheem Army founder Chandrashekhar alias Ravan.
Chandrashekhar, whose outfit wielded considerable over the Dalit voters, particularly in western Uttar Pradesh districts including Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Bulandshahar and some others, had an hour-long discussion with Akhilesh at the latter’s office here on Sunday.
Later speaking to reporters, Chandrashekhar said that he would contest the forthcoming Assembly polls against UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. “I will contest against Yogi Adityanath….this government is anti-Dalit,” he added.
He also said that the issue of an alliance had come for discussion during his talks with Akhilesh but nothing was finalised as yet. “We have a common enemy in BJP…we discussed strategy to defeat the BJP in the forthcoming polls…the issue of alliance was discussed,” he added.