Former chief minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday held that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was an ‘absolute Indian’ and took potshots at the BJP, saying those dividing the nation cannot be Indian.
He stated that SP and BSP coming together was the beginning of a grand alliance and the Congress was with them like a ‘friend’.
Yadav termed Narendra Modi as a ‘failed PM” and asked the BJP to name its new face before asking alliance partners about their PM face for the Lok Sabha election.
“The nation wants a change and is looking for a new prime minister as the present one has ‘failed’ to deliver. Let the BJP find a new face for itself, and then alliance partners would spell out the name of their PM face,” stated Yadav.
The SP chief was in Agra to condole the demise of party general secretary Ramji Lal Suman’s wife. He reached his house at Sanjay Place in Agra and later interacted with the media.
Targeting the BJP for the “deteriorating law and order in UP”, Yadav
said: “Women are at risk and victims are not getting justice. Leave apart other places, killings are now taking place in jail,” said Yadav accusing the government of being behind the killing.
Replying to a question in the light of the controversial statement by BSP vice-president Jai Prakash Singh (now removed), Yadav termed Congress president Rahul Gandhi as an ‘absolute Indian’.
Jai Prakash Singh had called Congress president Rahul Gandhi unfit for being India’s prime minister.
“It is the BJP that should tell about itself… one who is involved in dividing the nation cannot be Indian any way. The BJP is the biggest ‘jativadi’ (casteist) party and should stop dividing the nation into Muslims and Hindus. Other nations are surging ahead while we still lack in basic facilities of health and education,” said Akhilesh Yadav.
“The BSP and SP coming together is merely the beginning. We are discussing matters related to it and it would continue in time to come. The Congress is with us being a friend,” he said on an optimistic note about the emerging grand alliance amongst opposition parties for the LS polls.
When asked on the BJP’s reported offer to the BSP for 25 seats in UP, the SP said it was a political gimmick and suggested that the BJP shuns such tactics to create division among the opposition.
“The BJP has begun holding election rallies but is not disclosing dates for the LS elections. We too would begin our ‘cycle’ once the BJP declares dates for the polls,” he added.
Source: Hindustan Times