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This is not the first time the Uttar Pradesh leader’s statements have created a controversy. The SP leader had recently indirectly called the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi a dog. He later claimed the media had twisted his remarks.
Khan on Monday called Modi's close aide Amit Shah a goon, saying he had come to Uttar Pradesh to “create terror”. “Amit Shah, who has come to UP to create terror and is also an accused under section 302 (killing), is ‘gunda No. 1’," Khan said about the BJP state campaign manager at a rally in Muslim-dominated Masuri area.
“It is unfortunate to have to refer to him as a ‘gunda’ but he who is accused of killing cannot be called a nice guy," Khan added.
Addressing Monday’s rally in support of SP candidate from Ghaziabad, Sudan Rawat, Khan said: "The BJP doesn't have anything but hate in its pocket."
(With inputs from Peeyush Khandelwal)