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SP leader's comments on PM Modi's caste trigger row

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Senior triggered a row today when he made remarks about Narendra Modi's caste drawing severe criticism from the BJP.

At a programme organised by traders here, a person while raising concerns related to the business community mentioned that both Modi and also belonged to the same section of the society.

"Tell them to make laws in favour of the community... is from our community, but Modi is a 'Teli'," Agarwal said prompted a strong reaction from some members of the audience who were apparently not pleased at the remarks.

Reacting strongly, UP said, "We condemn the attempt made by SP general secretary and Rajya Sabha to link the name of the with a community, and demand that he should tender an apology."

In a statement, Pandey said the of does not belong to any particular caste or community and represents all the 125 crore people.

"SP indulges in caste politics and wants to create differences in the society for its vested political interests," Pandey claimed.

Later, speaking to reporters after the programme, Agrawal seemed to defend his comments.

"Every person has a caste, and there is nothing new in this. If any is not telling his caste, then public will tell his caste...Let me give you a piece of advice, if you want to known about your three generations, then contest an or MLA election. The opposition will tell what you don't know. We are not talking about the caste of the prime minister, people are talking about it," the SP leader, who has made controversial statements in the past, said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 22:25 IST