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Akhilesh backs Rahul Gandhi’s ‘dalali’ remark


“If Rahul has said something he must have given it much thought. He must have some information
about it” -Akhilesh Yadav/ UttarPradesh Chief Minister

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today backed Rahul Gandhi’s controversial ‘dalali’ remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on surgical strikes saying the Congress leader must have said it after giving much thought.

It’s not a question of Congress but I have good relations with Rahul Gandhi. If he has said something he must have given it much thought. He must have some information about it,” Akhilesh said when asked about Rahul’s “dalali” remarks on PM.

The Samajwadi Party leader said that he had visited the families of martyred soldiers and helped them.

“Ultimately, the poor lost their lives, the farmers are dying, their sons are dying, so what do they know about surgical strike? The question is if you and I have good ties but the relations on border are strained, the country and the world are unable to understand this,” he said.

Rahul’s remarks that the Modi government was “profiteering” (dalai) from the blood spilt by the soldiers had drawn criticism from BJP which accused him of insulting the armed forces. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and NCP too had disapproved of Rahul’s remarks. However, Rahul and his party maintained that they supported the military action but denounced “political propaganda” on the issue.

On Modi’s Luckow visit tomorrow, Akhilesh said, “Had there been elections in Bihar, he would have slayed Ravan there. There should be no politics over festival. He is coming to Lucknow, he will give something big to us. We have expectations from him for progress of the state,” Akhilesh addressed the media at an event at his official Kalidas Marg residence.

On the merger of Mukhtar Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal with SP, Akhilesh said, “You know well my views on this.” The Chief Minister had in the past made clear his unhappiness over the decision. He distributed cheques of Rs 15 lakh each to families of 18 persons, who went missing after Muzaffarnagar riots.         He said that no one wanted riots but such an “atmosphere was created”. “Our government tried all to help those who did not return to their homes after riots,” he said. The deadly communal violence in western Uttar Pradesh had claimed over 60 lives and displaced 40,000 people. The riots that broke out in Muzaffarnagar in September 2013, later spread to neighbouring Shamli.                             —PTI