Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav has stirred major controversy by glorifying Muhammad Ali Jinnah at a party rally in Hardoi. “Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Jinnah, they all came out of the same institution. They all studied at the same institute, they became barristers and gave freedom,” he said at the rally on 31 October.
Remembering Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary, Akhilesh Yadav said, “Sardar Patel used to know the land, Sardar Patel took decisions holding the land, he used to understand the land so he made his decisions and that is why he is known as the Iron Man of India.”
The BJP slammed SP president Yadav for saying that Jinnah was a hero of India`s freedom movement.
In a tweet where he tagged a video clip of Akhilesh Yadav`s speech, Singh wrote, “On the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, why is Akhilesh Yadav praising Jinnah?”
BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, “Mulayam Singh will hold his head high after hearing this from Akhilesh Yadav who has studied in Australia. The country considers Muhammad Ali Jinnah the villain of Partition. Calling Jinnah the hero of freedom is the politics of Muslim appeasement.”
BJP MP Brijlal also accused Akhilesh Yadav of indulging in Muslim appeasement and putting vote bank politics above national sentiments. So far, Akhilesh Yadav has focused his campaign on the poor governance of the BJP government and the plight of farmers, youth and women.
He has consciously steered clear of indulging in Muslim appeasement but his remarks on Jinnah have now put him in the dock.
Shameful, Talibani mentality: Yogi on comment of Akhilesh Yadav
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on 1 November came down hard at Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav who had praised Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the same breath while speaking about India’ Independence struggle.
The firebrand BJP leader termed Yadav’s remarks “shameful” and accused the SP chief of having a Talibani mindset that divides people.
“Sardar Patel united the country. Presently, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, work is underway to achieve ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat’ mission,” Yogi said.