Two days after BJP MP Yogi Adityanath advised him to leave the country and settle in Pakistan, SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav Wednesday termed the neighbouring country a “younger brother” of India who was being troubled by “some people”.
“Pakistan is like our younger brother and some people are troubling him while no one bothers about China. No one raises fingers towards China, which has even captured Indian soil,” Mulayam said while addressing an election rally at Karhal in Mainpuri.
Mulayam’s grandnephew Tej Pratap Singh Yadav is the party candidate from Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat that was vacated by Mulayam.
The SP chief said there should be harmony and unity between Pakistan and India. “Dono mein ekta ho (the two countries should stand together). The younger brother should respect its elder brother. And the elder brother should love his younger brother,” he added.
Attacking Mulayam over alleged Muslim appeasement policies, Adityanath had said Monday the SP chief should have taken birth in Pakistan. He had also advised Mulayam to leave the country and settle in Pakistan. Party’s Muslim face and state Minority Welfare Minister Azam Khan too addressed the rally for the first time in Mainpuri and raised the issue of “love jihad”. “Both — love and jihad — are paak lafz (pious words). Some people are spreading hatred. Religion gives a message of peace,” Azam said.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who also addressed two meetings in favour of Tej Pratap in Mainpuri, termed the BJP as the “most cunning” party, which was trying to divide the country by talking about “love jihad”.
“Those promising to bring ‘achhe din’ are now chanting love jihad… those talking about love jihad are cunning people and want to divide the country and society,” he said.