UP polls: Amit Shah coins new KASAB acronym, hits Cong, SP, BSP
During the UP election campaign, BJP has been accused of communalising the state by opposition parties.
Bringing a new acronym to take a dig at other political parties in Uttar Pradesh ahead of fourth phase polling, BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday urged the voters to free the state from "KASAB".
While addressing an election rally in Gorakhpur's Chauri Chaura, Shah claimed he referred the name of 26/11 attacker to mention the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party.
"The people of Uttar Pradesh will rid themselves of this KASAB in this election. Don't try to infer something else from me saying KASAB. By KASAB I mean: Ka for Congress, Sa for Samajwadi Party and Ba for Bahujan Samaj Party," Shah was quoted by India Today as saying.
“They will ask your religion & caste first, if that doesn’t seem favourable to them, they won’t give you laptop," he added.
Meanwhile, Congress responded to his statement saying BJP's repulsive thinking is brought out with this incident.
"They need to end these acronyms. The BJP's repulsive thinking is brought out. It shows the party's communal mindset," senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi told ANI.
During the UP election campaign, BJP has been accused of communalising the state by opposition parties.Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently made a “communal” remark by drawing a parallel between Hindu and Muslim festivals.
Addressing an election rally in Fatehpur, Modi said, “If there is electricity during Ramadan then it must be available during Diwali too; there shouldn’t be any discrimination.”
“If there is a ‘kabaristaan’ (graveyard), there should be a ‘shamshaan’ (cremation ground) too,” he added.