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jinnah: Read books again, Akhilesh to detractors; UP minister suggests narco test for ex-CM for glorifying Jinnah | India News


NEW DELHI: Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday defended his Muhammad Ali Jinnah remark and hit out at his detractors, asking them to read book again. His statement came soon after Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Swaroop Shukla said that the former state chief minister should get a narco test done for glorifying Jinnah.
“I want Akhilesh Yadav to himself come forward, and get his narco test done,” Shukla said, while adding that those raising ‘ zindabad‘ slogans in praise of Jinnah, having thoughts and feelings of Jinnah in their mind, have no place in India.
Akhilesh’s statement equating Muhammad Ali Jinnah with Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru and saying they helped India get freedom drew criticism from various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.
“Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah studied in the same institute and became barristers. They helped (India) get freedom and never backed away from any struggle,” he had said during a public meeting in Hardoi on October 31.
In response to the row over his remarks that had kicked up a controversy ahead of the assembly elections in UP, the former chief minister shot back, “Why should I say the context? I would say read the books again.”
‘Those heaping praises on Jinnah, should go to Pakistan’
Attacking Akhilesh Yadav for ‘glorifying Jinnah’, UP minister Anand Swaroop Shukla told reporters on Saturday, ”
“SP chief Akhilesh Yadav making a statement on Muhammad Ali Jinnah is not a common incident… Jinnah is responsible for the division of the country. Jinnah is a villain, who no Indian would like to see or listen to. Akhilesh Yadav must clarify as to under which pressure, greed, is he glorifying Jinnah?”
“I want that Akhilesh Yadav to himself come forward, and get his narco test done,” he addd.
The minister further said that those heaping praises on Jinnah, should go to Pakistan.
SP’s demand to sack UP minister for insulting Akhilesh
The Samajwadi Party earlier today demanded sacking of Anand Swaroop Shukla for accusing party Akhilesh of getting economic support from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
“Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has become a challenge for the Islamic world. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is getting all support from them. Akhilesh is getting ‘s anrakshan aur sujhav‘ (patronage and advice) from the ISI. It is possible that he might also be getting economic support from it,” Shukla had said on Tuesday.
“On the directions of the ISI, Yadav is glorifying Jinnah. He is issuing such statements that Pakistan and the Taliban want,” he added.
The SP also demanded that a case be registered against Shukla for making insulting remarks against the party chief, and spreading animosity in the society.
‘Shameful’: Yogi on Akhikesh’s remarks
The Samajwadi Party chief’s statements drew flak from Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath as well, who warned people against political parties which equate Sardar Vallabhai Patel with Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Yogi on Saturday, without naming Akhilesh, said, “A leader of a party had a few days back in a speech attempted to equate Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the man who symbolised the unity of India, with Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who divided the country. The entire state should reject such shameful and condemnable remarks.”
Earlier this week, the UP CM had said that the Samajwadi Party chief had a “Talibani mindset that believes in destroying the social fabric of the country” and demanded an apology from him for his “divisive statement”.
UP BJP chief’s dig at Akhilesh
Akhilesh’s comments drew a sharp response from Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh, who in a tweet said, “The love for Jinnah still remains intact. Akhilesh Yadav ji please tell which history books have to be read — the Indian or the Pakistani.”
Singh had earlier said that glorifying Jinnah will prove costly to Akhilesh, as the country still considers Jinnah a “villain”.
– With agency inputs

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