Four days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s “khoon ki dalali” remark drew flak from the BJP, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav came out in support of Rahul Monday, saying, “Bayaan diya hai to soch samajh ke diya hoga. Uske peeche unko jaankari zaroor hogi (He must have made the statement after a lot of thought and must have some information to back it, too).”
He also added that he enjoyed good relations with Rahul. Explaining his reason for supporting Rahul, Akhilesh cited the example of those killed from UP and said that ultimately it is the son of either the poor or a farmer who is killed and their families do not even know what surgical strike means.
“Kyonki, maan lijiye main Nitin Yadav ke yahan gaya. Jaan kiski gayi? Shaheed kaun hua? Ek gaon ke pariwar ka rahnewala. Seema pe usne jaan di. Main Ghazipur gaya to wahan shaheed ke pariwar se mila. Sant Kabir Nagar ke shaheed ke pariwar ki madat ki (I visited the family of Nitin Yadav. The question is who lost his life? Who was martyred? A person, whose family lives in the village, lost his life on the border. I also met the family of a martyr in Ghazipur and helped another martyr family from Sant Kabir Nagar),” said Akhilesh, maintaining, “Ultimately, a poor person is losing his life. He may be a farmer or the son of a farmer. Now, these people hardly understand what surgical strike means).”
Akhilesh said that the real issue is India’s ties on the border. “The question is our relationship should be good on the border. If not, then this talk is beyond the understanding of the country or the world.”
He targeted BSP chief Mayawati for warning Muslims against “wasting” their votes on SP and Congress as it would strengthen BJP.
Reminding Mayawati of her government with BJP in the past, Akhilesh asked: “Kya dava kar sakti hain ki bahumat ki sarkaar nahi hui to BJP-BSP milke sarkar nahi banayenge?” (Can she claim that if no one gets majority then BJP-BSP will not form a coalition government).