Three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the ruling SP of discriminating between communities in Uttar Pradesh and said if a village gets a kabristan (graveyard), it should also get a shamshaan (cremation ground), BJP president Amit Shah came up with the Kasab acronym to describe his party’s rivals.
Mentioning the name of 26/11 attacker Ajmal Kasab, Shah said Kasab is “Ka for Congress, Sa for Samajwadi Party and B for… (BSP)”.
In New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi slammed the remarks, calling it a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. “It is not a question of Kasab. Everybody acknowledges that he was a criminal. The question is symbolic — to try and make it communal by bringing in Congress, SP, BSP,” he said.
Raising the pitch on the eve of voting for the fourth phase of the assembly elections, Shah told a poll rally Wednesday in Chauri Chaura assembly segment of Gorakhpur — it will vote in the sixth phase — that development will elude the state “until you get rid of this Kasab”.
“Ye Uttar Pradesh ki janata is baar ke chunav mein is Kasab se mukti paa le. Main phir se bolta hun, Uttar Pradesh ki janata is baar ke chunav mein is Kasab se mukti paa le. Kasab se mera matlab kuchch aur mat nikaliyega. Kasab se mera matlab hai: Ka se Congress, Sa se Samajwadi Party aur B se… (BSP),” Shah said.
(In this election, people of UP should get rid of Kasab. I say it again, people of UP should get rid of Kasab. Do not draw any other conclusion when I say Kasab. What I mean by Kasab is: Ka for Congress, Sa for Samajwadi Party and B for…)
“Until and unless Kasab is laid to rest, development and prosperity will continue to elude this state. In other words, it means that the state may have to languish further, if there is no respite from these political parties,” he said.
Targeting the ruling SP, Shah said the Akhilesh Yadav government had made UP the “No.1” state in cases of murder, rape, dacoity, kidnapping and extortion. He said every day in the state, 23 women are either raped or subjected to atrocities.
Shah told the gathering that the SP was aware it was going to lose the elections and had, therefore, struck an alliance with the Congress. “They have accepted defeat,” he said.
He took a swipe at Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi, calling them “shehzade” who “appear on TV every day, both with similar clothes and smiles”.
“Do you known about the two shehzade? I will tell you… Ek se apni ma pareshan hai aur doosre se apna baap pareshan hai. Aur dono se Uttar Pradesh pareshan hai (one has troubled his mother, the other his father, and both have troubled Uttar Pradesh),” he said.
Shah said only a BJP government under the leadership of Narendra Modi can develop the state. He went on to describe Modi as a Poorvanchali — Chauri Chaura is in Poorvanchal, the eastern region of UP. Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of the Prime Minister, is also in Poorvanchal. “To Modiji Poorvanchal wale hain na,” he told the crowd.
— With PTI inputs
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