"The government is so afraid of oath ceremony of a student leader that it is stopping me at the airport to prevent me from visiting Allahabad," Akhilesh said in Hindi on Twitter.
The Mayawati government had constructed statues, memorials and parks in various parts of Uttar Pradesh at a total cost of Rs 2,600 crore
Yadav's remarks came against the backdrop of West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee's sit-in over the CBI's attempt to question the Kolkata Police commissioner in connection with chit fund scams.
The BJP, which presented fake data on providing employment, stands exposed. In the last 25 years, the rate of unemployment was highest in 2017-18, Yadav said in a tweet with the hashtag 'HowsTheJobs', a twist on "How's The Josh", a popular line from the film "Uri: The Surgical Strike".
When asked about the 'Priyanka factor' being termed as a masterstroke of the Congress, Akhilesh said, 'If the Congress vows to fight against the BJP, which is an expert is spreading lies, it should support our (SP-BSP) alliance. We have already spared two seats Raebareli and Amethi for them.'
"Why does a country like Japan, which is very advanced in science and technology, is not using the EVMs? The question should be raised among the nation's 130 crore people,” the SP chief said here.
Yadav alleged the incumbent government at the Centre was responsible for causing distress to people from all walks of life across the country, including farmers, youth, poor and traders, and everyone was looking for a change.
"It was a good discussion (on seat sharing) with Akhilesh and you will know the outcome soon," Chaudhary told reporters after the meeting.
Now that the two arch rivals have come together 24 years after the 'Guest House episode' to defeat the BJP, both want to paint the picture of a daunting alternative
An analysis of constituency-wise data from the 2014 general election shows that the BJP may lose as many as 37 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh should the SP+BSP+RLD combine in 2019, leaving only 36 seat with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
The two parties have agreed to an in-principle alliance ahead of the parliamentary elections, SP's national spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary had said last week.
This was announced Friday by SP national secretary Rajendra Chaudhary and Bahujan Samaj Party national general secretary SC Misra.
SP members had on January 7 protested in the Lok Sabha against the Central Bureau of Investigation's alleged action against Akhilesh Yadav.
The agency said Yadav, who also held the mining portfolio for sometime, had cleared 14 leases, of which 13 were cleared on February 17, 2013, in violation of e-tendering process.
The case pertains to public servants allegedly conspiring with other accused to allow illegal mining of minor minerals in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district during 2012-16
A formal announcement on the gathbandhan between the two key parties in Uttar Pradesh is likely later this month, said a SP spokesperson.
Sources claimed that the SP and BSP will contest 37 Lok Sabha seats each.
After defeating the BJP in a slew of bypolls in the state, Yadav and Mayawati are said to be working for an electoral tie-up in UP where the BJP and its allies won 73 of the 80 seats in the last general elections.
K Chandrashekar Rao is trying to forge a non-BJP, non-Congress "federal front" for the upcoming general elections while Congress is hoping to woo the SP and Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh for the polls.
Yadav said he appreciates Rao's efforts to build an alliance, but he will not be able to meet him in Delhi.
He also accused the BJP's Central and state governments of failing to fulfil their promises and claimed that the people are not happy with them.
Referring to Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Yadav said, "The chief minister does not like even a little bit of opposition."
On being asked about his absence at the oath-taking ceremony in MP, Yadav said, "I will not talk on this now."
The announcement by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav came less than an hour after Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati made a similar offer to the Congress for government formation in the Hindi heartland state of Madhya Pradesh.
In a tweet, Akhilesh Yadav said, "Jab ek aur ek milkar bante hai gyaarah, tab badey bado ki satta ho jaati hai nau do gyaarah (when one and one come together, it makes 11, and the power of the bigwigs eventually fade away)."