Samajwadi Party (SP) state president Akhilesh Yadav has hit back at Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress general secretary was misleading people on the SP’s stand on English language and computers.
“Rahul’s attack on me is in bad taste. The national general secretary of a big political party should not engage in propagating lies against SP,” said Akhilesh, who is the son of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, in Lakhimpur Kheri district.
During his campaign in western districts of UP — Mulayam’s stronghold — Gandhi had accused Mulayam of opposing computers and English, but at the same time allowing his son Akhilesh to benefit from both.
“SP is not against English, but the party intends to promote Hindi, which is the language of a majority of Indians,” said Akhilesh, who is on the eight phase of the SP’s statewide rally for the upcoming polls.
The SP also accused the BSP and Congress of promoting corruption in the state. “Congress says the ‘haathi’ (symbol of BSP) was feeding on money. But it is the ‘haath’ (the Congress symbol) that is behind the ‘haathi’ getting plumper,” Akhilesh said.