UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav hit back at BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday, saying that the country still had not forgotten the Gujarat riots.
He said this at a book launch ceremony at his official residence, when asked for a comment on BJP president Amit Shah’s take that the centre can control UP’s law and order if the state government is unable to do so.
“The country has still not forgotten Gujarat,” he said, in an apparent attempt to counter Shah’ charge that the Centre would set “everything right” in a day if the UP government accepts its failure. “Ham sab ek din mein theek kar denge (we will get everything in order in a day),” Shah said on Tuesday.
Yadav also countered Shah’s statement that the BJP had supported an independent candidate in the Rajya Sabha and fielded an additional candidate in the Parishad polls to defeat the SP and the BJP. “See, as far as the Samajwadi Party is concerned, we know we are winning. We are in favour of fair polls. As far as horse trading charges go, tell me, who is responsible for it?”
“One should not become too ambitious,” he added.
To a query on Sadhvi Prachi’s rather objectionable take on Muslims, the CM said, “Why don’t you remember Mahatma Gandhi who said to not see, hear or speak evil?”
At the event, the CM also allowed Amik Khan, a Jhansi boy to showcase his skills with clay.
Khan, who entered the Limca Book of Records with his ability to make any character on clay, impressed the CM by making a cycle, the Samajwadi Party’s election symbol. As the compere informed the audience that Khan used to make shapes on flour earlier but gradually shifted to clay, someone from the audience suggested, ‘perhaps because aata (flour) is costlier.’
At this the CM remarked, ‘yeh bhi phans gaye acche din ke chakkar mein … (they too were fooled by acche din promise).’
Earlier, the CM pointed out how his government gave laptops to 18 lakh students. “My critics said a lot of things. What they couldn’t succeed in doing was to remove netaji’s and my photos from the laptops or find fault with them,” he said.