New Delhi: Congress ally Mahan Dal chief Keshav Dev Maurya, urged voters to vote for ‘panja‘ — Congress election symbol, even if the candidate was from Pakistan. Also Read - Coronavirus: Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi Tests Positive, Says Will Continue to Work From Home
“Don’t look at the candidate. Just see the hand symbol and vote for it. Let the candidate be a bad guy or even a Pakistani coming to contest elections. Mahan Dal will not have a problem (Pratyashi mat dekhna, haath ka panja (Congress’ election symbol) dekh lena, usi pe vote de dena, pratyashi koi bhi ho, accha ho, kharab ho, Pakistan se bhi aake lade, Mahan Dal ko koi aitraaz nahi hoga),” he said, while addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad. Also Read - Pakistan: 19 Sikh Pilgrims Dead, 60 Injured in Bus-train Collision Near Lahore
Senior Congress leaders Raj Babbar, Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Rashid Alvi were also present at the event. Also Read - Amid Ladakh Standoff, India Raises 'Strong Concerns' Against Pak Forces Trying to Infiltrate Border
Earlier on Feb 14, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, the newly appointed Congress general secretaries for Uttar Pradesh, announced the alliance of the party with the regional outfit Mahan Dal for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
The Mahan Dal had joined the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in 2014.
In western Uttar Pradesh, the Mahan Dal contested from three Lok Sabha constituencies – Badaun, Nagina and Etah, though all lost. The Mahan Dal claims support from the OBC voters of western UP, especially Shakyas, Mauryas and Kushwahas.