New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party and its General Secretary incharge of the state Amit Shah for stoking communal divide. Speaking exclusively to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Akhilesh said there is ample evidence to show BJP leaders are stoking communal divide.
"In Jhansi, there was a temple where hindus and muslims were living together since independence. Then why did BJP raise the issue of temple in the area," Akhilesh questioned.
In a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Akhilesh said, "Since I joined politics, I wear a cap. If people give me a cap, I wear it. The Samajwadi Party is working for the development of the people," Akhilesh said.
Akhilesh Yadav also reacted to allegations against senior SP leader Azam Khan saying there is no case against him. He said that if police officers faced political interference, they should have spoken out earlier.
"Good officers are being given an opportunity to work. Why did the officers not talk to me if there was political pressure? There was no political pressure to not act against Azam Khan. There is no case against him anywhere. Azam Khan is not involved in communalisation," Akhilesh said.
When asked about the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, the UP CM defended his government's handling of the issue. He said it is a closed chapter now.