Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday denied meeting dissident BJP leader Kalyan Singh but said he would welcome any move by the saffron party leader's son, Rajbir, to contest the Lok Sabha elections on SP's ticket.
"If I meet Kalyan Singh, I will let you know and announce it openly. You are spreading rumours," Yadav told reporters in new Delhi when asked about his reported meeting with Kalyan Singh.
Yadav, however, said Kalyan's son Rajbir is welcome to contest the Lok Sabha elections on SP's ticket, "if he so desires. He has not expressed his willingness so far".
Yadav, refusing to speculate on the moves of the BJP leader, said, "Kalyan Singh is a senior leader whom I respect a lot and cannot comment on him".
The SP chief's statement came a day after the two former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers' reported meeting in New Delhi, sparking off speculations about the possibility of the BJP's Ram temple campaigner aligning with his old friend ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.