Sacked BSP leader Naseemudin Siddiqui on Thursday hit back at party chief Mayawati and alleged that she had abused Muslims after facing a humiliating loss in the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
“After loss in Assembly elections, Mayawati ji called me and asked why Muslims did not vote the BSP. When I explained that the Congress-SP alliance led to a split in votes, she disagreed. She said that Muslims are traitors,” Naseemuddin, who along with his son was recently expelled by the party, said.
“Me and my son have been expelled from the party based on false allegations,” he said.
Naseemuddin, a BSP veteran and a prominent Muslim face of the party, levelled serious allegations against Mayawati, including hurling castiest slurs against backward and scheduled caste voters for not voting for the BSP.
He also alleged that Mayawati demanded Rs 50 crore from him and asked him to sell his properties to collect the amount in cash.
Nasseemuddin said that Mayawati had insulted the memory of BSP founder Kanshiram at a party meeting.
Siddiqui, who was considered as close to Mayawati, was expelled from the party for carrying out "anti-party" activities.
Recalling his sacrifices for the party and Mayawati, Siddiqui said, “I was not allowed to visit my dying daughter during elections once because you had asked me once. You asked me to take the blame for the cases slapped on you and I did. I sacrificed 34 years of my life for the party.”
Hours after he and his son Afzal were shown the door by the party yesterday, Naseemuddin said, "Whatever charges have been levelled against me, applies to her (Mayawati) and I can prove those with evidence".
BSP General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member S C Mishra said, "Naseemuddin and his son Afzal have been expelled from the party. He has a partnership in a number of slaughter houses and 'benami' properties in his name. He also took money during assembly polls due to which party had to suffer defeat".
He also alleged that Nasimuddin used to "accept money" from people in return for work and added that the "BSP will not tolerate such indiscipline".
Naseemuddin, who hails from Banda, was earlier removed as the party in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and was appointed as the MP unit in-charge after the assembly poll debacle.
The BSP suffered a humiliating defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections where the party had managed to secure only 19 seats out of the total 403 seats.