Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav is in political hibernation after the announcement of Lok Sabha results.
His father Mulayam Singh Yadav has not spoken on the party’s debacle or the end of its alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and other party leaders are also tight-lipped on these issues.
But Aparna Yadav, the younger daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav, has said that “Mayawati did not acknowledge the respect that we gave her.”
Talking to a TV channel, she said: “Mayawati could not digest the respect that the Samajwadi Party gave her. According to the Vedas, it is said that those who cannot digest respect are the ones who cannot digest disrespect either.”
Aparna further said that the decision to enter into an alliance with the BSP was taken by Akhilesh Yadav on his own.
“Akhilesh Yadav can tell if he consulted anyone before formalising the alliance. I would not like to comment on whether Netaji (Mulayam) was happy with this decision or not,” she said.
Aparna said that all Samajwadis would have to come together and introspect on the reasons behind the party’s performance in Lok Sabha elections.
“The BJP has whipped up a huge wave in its favour and it should ring an alarm bell for the Samajwadi Party,” she said.