Akhilesh takes jibe at Mayawati

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 10:55 hrs

Lucknow: Generally reluctant to take on arch-rival and predecessor Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati in the public realm, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Thursday took a jibe at the Dalit leader accusing her of defaming the government as she had ran out of issues.

Referring to her statement in New Delhi a few days ago, after her dinner meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Yadav - without naming Mayawati - said: "There are some leaders who after eating food don't fail to talk ill about the UP government."

"Even I had broken bread with the prime minister earlier in the day but I do not know what she ate that she spoke on her view of failing law and order in the state," the chief minister joked.

He went a step further and took more potshots and said that thankfully the food was vegetarian and feared what Mayawati would have said had she had non-vegetarian fare at the prime minister's residence.

The Samajwadi party (SP) with 22 MPs and BSP with 21 are crucial for the survival of UPA-II after the withdrawal of the Trinamool Congress.

The prime minister had recently hosted SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and son Akhilesh and the BSP chief separately over food.

More from Sify: