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Akhilesh Yadav compares Jinnah to Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Nehru; says they fought for India's freedom

Condemning the statement, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, "The country considers Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the villain of the partition. Calling Jinnah the hero of freedom is the politics of appeasement."

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Adding further, Yadav said that "It was Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who imposed a ban on an ideology," referring to the RSS and ruling party BJP.

 

Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday, compared Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah said that they all studied in the same institute, and fought for India's freedom.

"Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah studied in the same institute," the former UP Chief Minister said, "they became barristers and fought for India's freedom."

Adding further, Akhilesh Yadav said, "It was Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who imposed a ban on an ideology," referring to the RSS.

Condemning the statement, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, "The country considers Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the villain of the partition. Calling Jinnah the hero of freedom is the politics of Muslim appeasement."

Yadav lavished praise on Patel on his 146th birth anniversary but raised eyebrows at one point when he appeared to equate the four leaders, including Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

Addressing a public meeting in Hardoi, the SP leader said, "Sardar Patel understood the ground and he made decisions accordingly. Hence, he is also known as the Iron Man."

"Sardar Patel, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah studied in the same institute and became barristers. They helped (India) get freedom and never backed away from any struggle."

Yadav also referred to the ban imposed on the RSS by Patel, the then home minister, following the assassination of Gandhi in 1948, saying only he could do it. He said Patel fought for farmers and hence, is known as 'Sardar'.

"The BJP is remembering the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, today. But if it walks on the path shown by Sardar Patel, then the three farm laws, which it has enacted, should be withdrawn. This will be a true tribute to Patel," he added.

"The BJP claims that it is walking on the path shown by Sardar Patel, but today farmers are the saddest," Yadav said.

Farmers' income has dipped, there is price rise and the way this government is functioning, every section of society is feeling insulted, he alleged.

On the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Yadav claimed that all sections of people in the state have made up their minds to elect an SP government in the 2022 elections. After the SP comes to power, Uttar Pradesh will get back on the path to growth and prosperity.

Taking a dig at the ruling BJP, he said that the party has only one thing to do -- renaming projects completed by the previous SP government.

"The BJP is inaugurating all projects undertaken by the Samajwadi Party. 'Baba mukhyamantri' is an amazing chief minister who has not inaugurated any work done by his government," Yadav said, referring to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

(with PTI inputs)

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