Tikait rules out pre-poll tie-up
Political parties looking for kickbacks after supporting BKU in the recent Mayawati versus Tikait showdown received a setback on Saturday when president Mahendra Singh Tikait ruled out a pre-poll alliance with any party saying that it would bide its time.
Talking to newsmen at the Bharatiya Kisan Union headquarters at Sisauli, the veteran farmers' leader said: "A decision will be taken in due time and it will be in the interest of the farmers."
Tikait insisted that he did not surrender before court this week as a result of political pressures but out of respect for the law of the land.
On Wednesday, Tikait had surrendered before Bijnore court over his allegedly casteist remarks directed at the chief minister made at a public meeting last week and subsequently received bail.
Sources said that the SP, RLD and BJP has openly issued statements in favour of the leader with RLD MP Anuradha Choudhry, Congress MP Harendra Maik and BJP leader Hukam Singh even visiting the BKU headquarters in person to demonstrate their support.