For ‘A’ teams of Uttar Pradesh, where important assembly elections are going to take place, Congress and BJP have chosen controversial lawmakers who have been in trouble with the law over “divisive” politics.
BJP accused Congress for appointing Imraan Massod, Saharanpur lawmaker, who went to jail in 2014 for threatening to “chop Narendra Modi into pieces”, as a vice-president in its UP unit.
“So the Congress rewards the “Boti-Boti” man of Uttar Pradesh Imran Masood with the post of UPPC Vice President! Reflects the mindset of the Congress,” tweeted the BJP’s Sambit Patra.
In U.P, Suresh Rana is one of the 15 vice presidents. Rana is the BJP Shamli lawmaker and 2013 accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots, in which more than 60 people were killed.
Rajendra Chowdhury, UP spokesperson of Samajwadi Party accused both the parties of “a conspiracy to vitiate the atmosphere in the state” and added it showed their “growing desperation” for the upcoming 2017 Assembly elections, where all three parties will compete in a contest that includes BSP.
“Why don’t you ask the BJP about its own hate mongers,” said the Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad when asked about Mr Masood’s elevation.
According to BJP, the two inductions are not comparable. Suresh Rana was charged with NSA (National Security Act) because of Samajwadi party government’s demand but the court has dropped that charge against him. Siddharth Nath Singh, BJP leader had pointed out.
Srikant Sharma said that by taking Imran Masood, Congress has proved, it wants to “polarise” UP elections. UP wants development and change, but Congress like parties only want to push “a divisive agenda.” Congress joint efforts with the “tacit understanding” of the SP and BSP.
BJP announced a jumbo state executive, that includes 15 vice-presidents, 8 general secretaries, 1 treasurer, 1 assistant treasurer and 15 secretaries.
Congress has revived its UP state unit announced the appointment of Raj Babbar, actor turned politician as UP’s state president. Masood is one of the 3 vice-presidents.