Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Monday said that “parties are of people and not of any religion”, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Congress, saying it was a “party for Mulsim men only”.
Addressing his party workers here, Akhilesh also said he would embark on a cycle yatra in the state once the Lok Sabha election schedules are announced.
“The prime minister is saying that the Congress is a party of Muslim men. I want to say that parties are of people and not of any religion. BJP leaders are expert in telling lies. People are still waiting for Rs 15 lakh in their account,” he said.
In his address at Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh on Jul 14, PM Modi had came down heavily on the Congress over its stand on the issue of instant triple talaq, asking if it was a party for Muslim men alone.
“The real face of these parties was revealed by their approach on triple talaq. Crores of Muslim women had always demanded that triple talaq should be banned as it is also banned in Islamic countries. When I read in the newspaper I found that the Congress president had said that Congress is a party of Muslims, and there has been discussion on this for the past two days. But I want to ask the Congress whether it is a party of Muslims men alone,” the PM had told the public meeting.
Stating that the Purvanchal Expressway was his government’s brainchild, Akhilesh said that his party men while embark on cycle yatra to remove misconceptions of the people and false propaganda of BJP who is “claiming credit” for it.
“I will take out a cycle yatra after the (Lok Sabha) election is announced. The BJP has started election campaigning and the PM is also on a campaign trail. The PM should tell when the elections is going to be held as he might be knowing it,” he said.
On the SP-BSP tie up, Akhilesh said, “After the SP, BSP understanding, the PM’s body language has changed. I don’t hear his speech, but I see how he moves his hands during speeches,” he said, while welcoming youth workers who came at party headquarter here with “Dalit Yuva Chetan Cycle Yatra” from Allahabad