In a veiled attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has accused BJP of using air strikes on Pakistan based terror camps for political gains. Khan said that this is happening for the first time that soldiers’ lives are being used to gain votes.
Azam Khan, SP: Pehli baar aisa hua hai ki surgical strikes ke naam par vote maange ja rahe hain, yaani faujiyon ki zindagi par vote gine ja rahe hain, ki sarhadon ka bhi sauda hogya hai, khoon ka sauda hogya hai, vardiyon ka sauda hogya hai, saron ka sauda hogya hai. pic.twitter.com/OkTpIbT1JH
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Khan attacked the BJP without clearly naming it. He said that the party is selling the borders, the blood and the uniforms of our soldiers to gain votes. Although Khan is expressing concerns about soldiers’ blood being used for political gains, earlier he had himself accused the Indian Army of raping women. He later said that his remarks were misinterpreted.
This is not the first time that Khan has made such controversial comments. Khan had made derogatory remarks against Baba Saheb Ambedkar saying that the statue (Khan referred to the statue of Ambedkar without naming it) is pointing its finger into a distance, as if saying that not only does it own the land on which it stands but also the land towards which it points. An FIR was registered against him for making such remarks.
In February this year, former SP Leader Jaya Prada had accused Azam Khan of harassing her and attempting an acid attack on her.