A day after the searches conducted by the Income Tax Department, SP president Akhilesh Yadav Sunday alleged that his phones and that of his party leaders are been tapped by the government. He also hit out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accusing him of snooping on their phone conversations.
Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters in Lucknow on Sunday, Akhilesh said, “All our phones are being tapped. This includes calls made from the SP office and of people associated with us. The CM himself listens to the recordings in the evening. This is the useless government we have. I should warn you all that if you contact me, then recordings of our conversation will also be listened to.”
Akhilesh alleged that the phones are being tapped on directions from the UP government and the “useless chief minister”. “Wherever there are elections, the BJP taps phones of Opposition leaders…I am the one who is being targeted.”
Akhilesh was accompanied by SP national general secretary and spokesperson Rajiv Rai, whose house was searched by the I-T in Mau district Saturday.
On Saturday, the Income Tax Department conducted searches at the houses of a SP leader and three others considered close to Akhilesh. SP national general secretary and spokesperson Rajiv Rai’s house was searched by the I-T in Mau district.
SP leaders said that the I-T searches also targeted the premises of Manoj Yadav in Mainpuri and Agra, Jainendra Yadav ‘Neetu’ in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar area, and Rahul Bhasin in Lucknow’s Mahanagar area.
Referring to the Income Tax searches, Adityanath said on Sunday that he can understand why SP was “feeling the pain”. He made the remark while addressing a public meeting before flagging off BJP’s ‘Jan Vishwas Yatra’ in Mathura.