Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah for calling Azamgarh a terrorist base. "Since Amit Shah came to UP for campaigning, he has been trying to polarise the state. I hope that the Election Commission (EC) takes notice of this statement and takes the strictest possible action," Akhilesh said.
Shah, a key aide of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, had said in Azamgarh that the Samajwadi Party government had failed to prevent the city from becoming a haven of terrorists. "Terrorists have made Azamgarh their base and they launch attacks on other parts of the country. You should overthrow the Akhilesh Yadav government that advocates the release of terrorists," he had said.
Samajwadi Party leader from Azamgarh Abu Azmi had been accused of having links with the Indian Mujahideen. He, however, defended himself saying that he knew an IM operative from the region but would never have links with someone trying to harm the country. "Faizan Ahmed is from Azamgarh and so am I. I do not deny the fact that I know him. But it is wrong to say that I have links with the Indian Mujahideen for this reason. I assure you I will never have any links with those who want to harm this country," Azmi said.
Akhilesh did not spare Shah's chief Modi either, saying that his Gujarat model of development was a "model for RSS and other divisive forces".
"There is nothing in the Gujarat model. Modi means Gujarat model and Gujarat model is Modi model. Modi model is divide India and that will not succeed. BJP will not get more than 150 seats," Akhilesh said.
Meanwhile, the Congress has demanded strong action against Shah. "I strongly condemn Amit Shah's statement about Azamgarh. The Election Commission must take action," Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted.