Prove Dawood charge or apologise, BJP to Akhilesh Yadav


BJP on Sunday stepped up attack against Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister, Azam Khan, by asking Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to either prove his cabinet colleague’s charges or apologise for what it termed was “baseless remark.”

The party said that Khan’s comments that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met the underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim during his stopover in Lahore on 25 December last year was a new low in politics.

Party’s national secretary Srikant Sharma said that it was a “desperate attempt to hide the failures of Akhilesh government and divide people.”

“Azam Khan should either prove his charges or Akhilesh Yadav should apologise for levelling such malicious and baseless charges against the PM,” Sharma was quoted by the PTI.

He added, “Mufazzarnagar riots are Azam Khan’s creation. It was under his pressure that UP police failed to act against molesters in Muzaffarnagar. This inaction sowed the seeds of riots which took a communal colour.”

Khan on Saturday said, “Prime Minister visited Pakistan by breaking international laws. He also met Dawood there. Let him (Modi) deny. I will give evidence. Who all did he meet behind closed doors?”

Indian government’s spokesperson Frank Noronha categorically denied his charge, “Allegations are totally unfounded, baseless and false.”