Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary courted controversy on Monday by branding Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah as 'terrorists', adding that they are trying to mislead voters in Uttar Pradesh to gather support for the party.
Speaking at a public platform, Chaudhary said the BJP wishes to scare the voters. “yeh dono aatankvaadi hain, Narendra Modi aur Amit Shah. Dono aatank paida kar rahein hain loktantra mein (They both are terrorists, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. They both are creating terror within the democracy),” he said.
In 2014, following allegations of bribery and corruption, Akhilesh Yadav stripped Chaudhary of his prisons portfolio and allotted the less important and partially defunct political pensions department. Chaudhary played a prominent role in burying heinous cases against Raja Bhaiya.
Speaking on communal harmony, the controversial SP leader said that UP is a state which has always been free from religious divide, adding that the public is well aware of BJP’s agenda.
It is important to note that the SP-Congress alliance and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have made special effort to woo Muslim voters in the elections. Fearing the consolidation of Muslim votes in favor of the SP-Congress alliance, Mayawati-led BSP has fielded over 100 Muslim candidates.
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The BJP was quick to respond. “It is their (SP’s) frustration and people of UP will punish them for such intemperate language against the PM,” said BJP vice president and party’s UP in-charge Om Mathur. On Twitter, Mathur said: “Shameful! I have never seen such treacherous statements used for PM. Exhibits SP’s lecherous bid to seduce minority votes.”
With Inputs from ANI
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