Criticising BJP Lok Sabha candidate Varun Gandhi for his anti-Muslim speeches, NCP president Sharad Pawar has regretted that the saffron party was supporting him despite his remarks that hands of people opposing Hindus should be 'cut off'.
"Every party wants to give opportunities to youngsters but what ideology and what preaching are we giving them? To declare in open public meetings that people's hands should be cut off," he said on Saturday night.
"The BJP first disowned his (Varun's) statement and then after two days came out in support of him and even declared it would launch a campaign in his support. Are people there in politics so they can break people's hands and leg?" Pawar said.
The veteran Marathi leader also addressed a rally in support of Congress-NCP alliance candidates, including his daughter Supriya Sule (Baramati) and Suresh Kalmadi (Pune city).