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Congress rejects PM's charge of murder bid on Mulayam: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The word murder is synonymous with Modi and Amit Shah, says Azad

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Ghulam Nabi Azad
Ghulam Nabi Azad

on Thursday dismissed Prime Minister Modi's charge that the party had made a bid on Yadav's life, saying the word 'murder' was synonymous with Modi and chief

"The word 'murder' is synonymous with Modi and (Amit) Shah. The killing spree started with the assassination of by RSS. We are Gandhians from the core of our heart and firm believer of non-violence," General Secretary and in-charge of party affairs in told a news conference here.

He was reacting to Modi's remark on the issue of "assassination attempt" on Mulayam in 1984 allegedly involving a leader, which was aimed at driving a wedge into the fledging SP-alliance.

Modi had said this at an rally in Kannauj on Wednesday and questioned SP chief as to how he could form a coalition with "those who tried to murder" his father.

The Prime Minister had also said Akhilesh lacked experience and hence did not know, unlike his father, how "cunning people are".

Ahead of the third phase of assembly polls, he exuded confidence that the coalition would bag over 300 seats and storm to power.

Asked when Vadra would campaign, Azad said, "She would definitely do so. Priyanka is already looking after deployment of party leaders across the length and breadth of UP."

"Have you seen the Army Chief going to the border to fight the enemy? He monitors everything from his office," he said, referring to Priyanka's role in the party campaign.

Azad accused and BSP of having a tacit understanding and alleged that Mayawati had transferred her party's votes to after she got afraid of the fundamentalist elements.

"is of the view that there should be no use of religion in politics and electioneering," he said.

On the issue of both SP and candidates still in the fray at certain seats, Azad said his party would withdraw its candidate from that constituency where it is weak and SP will do the same at other places.

"If any candidate is defiant, he or she will be expelled," he said.

First Published: Thu, February 16 2017. 19:30 IST