Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday launched a scathing attack at Samajwadi Party (SP) general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav for terming the Pulwama terror attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy on February 14 a ‘conspiracy’ to hatch votes in upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Also Read - UP Govt to Provide 5 Kg Foodgrain to BPL Families For 3 Months, Rs 1000 Per Month to Daily Wagers

Slamming the SP leader, CM Adityanath demanded an apology from him for the ‘shameful’ remarks. “Questioning the martyrdom of brave soldiers by SP General Secretary Ramgopal Yadav is the height of appeasement. It is indicative of petty politics,” he said. Also Read - Lockdown in Uttar Pradesh Likely to be Extended Till May 24: Reports

Adding, he said, “Ramgopal Yadav should apologise to the country for making such statements which encourage terrorists.” Also Read - UP Witnesses Continuous Decline In New COVID Cases, State Reports 18,125 Fresh Patients in Last 24 Hours

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also praised the Narendra Modi government for its counter-terrorism efforts, he said,” Results of the zero-tolerance policy of Modi government against all kinds of secessionism and terrorism is visible today. By first surgical strike, it ended insurgency in North-East. By second surgical strike, it broke the back of terrorism in Kashmir valley.”

Lauding the Armed forces, he said, “Our brave jawans have battled terrorism and ensured the safety of India and its people. World recognised the valour of our soldiers when they conducted air-strikes at terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot.”

SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav earlier on Thursday alleged that the February 14 terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama was a ‘conspiracy’ hatched to fetch votes. He said that the truth behind the attack will be investigated once the dispensation changes at the Centre and big names will surface.

“The paramilitary forces are unhappy with the government. The jawans were killed for votes. There was no checking (on the highway) between Jammu and Srinagar. They were sent in ordinary buses. All this was part of a conspiracy. I won’t like to say it right now, but when the government changes this will be investigated and big names will surface,” said Yadav said while addressing a gathering here on the occasion of Holi.

In one of the worst attack in Jammu and Kashmir in a decade, forty CRPF jawans were killed in Pulwama on February 14 after an explosive-laden truck rammed into their convoy. Pakistan-based terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had taken the responsibility of the attack.