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BJP says Congress move to elevate Imran Masood a bid to communalise UP politics

Gives clean chit to own riot accused MLA, says was framed by Akhilesh govt.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: July 14, 2016 10:38:04 am
imran masood, bjp, congress, uttar pradesh elections, uttar pradesh elections 2017, narendra modi, lok sabha polls, indian express news, akhilesh yadav government, india news Masood’s appointment was proof that Cong did not see development as poll issue, said BJP national secy Shrikant Sharma. File photo

The BJP Wednesday slammed the Congress for elevating Imran Masood, accused of making a hate speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls, as its senior vice-president in Uttar Pradesh, saying it wants to “communalise” the state ahead of the assembly elections due early next year.

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Masood’s appointment was a “proof” that it did not want development as the main election issue and both the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP and opposition BSP were “hand in glove” with it over the strategy to practice “poisonous” politics.

“Masood’s appointment is an attempt by the Congress to do politics over caste and religion. Its ugly face has come to fore. It wants to practice poisonous politics, create communal passions and communalise the polity. The issue in the polls is development. SP, BSP and Congress do not want it and they are all together,” Sharma said.

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Sharma, however, rejected any comparison with his party’s decision to appoint Muzaffarnagar riot accused and MLA Suresh Rana as its vice-president in the state, maintaining that he was “framed” by the Samajwadi Party government.

He claimed that people in the state had made up their mind to vote for development and BJP will come to power to provide good governance. “At present, corruption and crime are ruling the roost in the state. People want to get rid of this and will choose BJP,” he added.

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