Lucknow: UN decision to enlist JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist has the Opposition in India raising questions about the timing.
Now, Bahujan Samaj Party chief and former UP chief minister Mayawati has accused the BJP of gathering votes in the name of Masood Azhar. Addressing media on Thursday, Mayawati said, “Earlier BJP Government made Masood Azhar a guest and later freed him abroad. Now, at the time of elections, they are trying to gather votes in his name, it is condemnable.” (Catch Action of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)
Mayawati was referring to the release of Azhar in exchange of hostages of hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814. The IA plane was hijacked during its flight from Kathmandu to Delhi in December 1999 and was taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan.
Azhar’s JeM had claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in south Kashmir in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives.
Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview to ANI, Mayawati also responded to PM Modi’s comment that her party was using B R Ambedkar’s name. She said, “Kal yahan UP mein PM Modi ne apne chunavi jan sabha mein khaas kar BR Ambedkar ji ko lekar BSP ke upar jo tika tipanni ki hai. Ambedkar Ji BJP, Congress ya anaya virodhi party ke liye ye vote ki rajneeti ho sakti hain, kintu BSP ke liye weh aatma ke samaan hai (Yesterday, PM Modi made a comment on BSP vis-a-vis B R Ambedkar ji. For BJP or Congress or any other political party, Ambedkar ji could be politics but for BSP, he is our soul).”
Meanwhile, Union Minister Arun Jaitley has lauded the development and said, “The government and the PM should be applauded. When the country wins, every Indian wins. It is unfortunate that some friends in the opposition think that if they join in this victory they might have to pay a political price for it.”