Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday refuted PM Narendra Modi’s claim that last year’s Kanpur train accident was a conspiracy hatched “across the border”. Yadav alleged that BJP leaders were used to seeking votes by “misguiding” the people.
Prime minister Modi had made the claim at an election rally last week in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda after the arrest of four men in Nepal and Bihar in January, who allegedly told police that the Pakistani spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), was behind the Kanpur accident.
“Our railway minister could not take care of the tracks in Kanpur and gave a false report to the prime minister that the ISI had damaged the tracks. I want to say that since the incident occurred in Uttar Pradesh, at least I should have been informed about it...But, no information...no truth in it,” Yadav told an election rally in Ghazipur, the Lok Sabha constituency of Union minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha.
The sixth phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections will be held on Saturday and the seventh and final phase on March 8. Results will be declared on March 11.
Akhilesh also alleged that the leaders of the saffron party were “used to seeking votes by misleading the people”.
As many as 150 people were killed in a train mishap in Kanpur on November 20, 2016, and on December 28, another train got derailed there. It was said that Pakistan’s ISI was responsible for the incidents.
Regarding Union ministers and senior BJP leaders campaigning for the polls, the chief minister said, “Had the prime minister brought his work here (in Uttar Pradesh), his ministers would not have been required to campaign for his party.”
In a veiled reference to the ongoing campus row in Delhi University involving ABVP, the RSS-linked students’ body, Yadav said, “I want to ask those patriotic people of the BJP, who are displaying their nationalism in Delhi, what have they done for the soldiers who laid down their lives for the country? What help was extended to their families?”
He added: “Only the SP government helps the families of soldiers who laid down their lives.”
The Samajwadi Party chief claimed that his party has already secured a lead in the first five phases of the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh Assembly election due to the works of its government and added that the “demoralised faces of the BJP and BSP leaders” said it all.