Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav's partyman vice-chairman of UP Ganna Sansthan, Ram Sewak Yadav, today termed Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Maulana Ahmed Bukhari as a "blackmailer" and alleged that he takes "advantage" from government.
The vice-chairman, who enjoys the status of minister of state, alleged that in a bid to send his men to Rajya Sabha, the Shahi Imam was making absurd statements to create pressure on the SP government and its leaders.
Yadav, who was here to attend a convention of SP workers, alleged that Bukhari was a "blackmailer", who takes advantage from the government.
He also claimed that not a single prominent cleric attended Bukhari's meeting in Etawah on April 21.
Bukhari was not contactable for comments.
The attack from SP came two days after Bukhari showered praise on Mayawati, saying that if anyone knows how to rule, it is only the BSP supremo.
Addressing a rally in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's native place on April 21, the Shahi Imam claimed that Mayawati's regime was better than the present Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government in the state.
He alleged the state government was cheating Muslims who were feeling insecure under the current dispensation.
"In this country if anyone knows how to rule, it is only Mayawati. We hope the manner in which she had uplifted Dalits, she will also improve the lot of Muslims," Bukhari said.