Hitting back at Amit Shah for his 'KASAB' barb, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said the language of BJP leaders has changed as 'KA' actually stood for 'kabutar' and the people will set their pigeons free in the polls.
The SP leader said Narendra Modi holds "such a high position but is fighting with me" and challenged the Prime Minister for a debate on development of Uttar Pradesh.
"If the prime minister wants a debate, he should not talk about other issues...I say this openly that if he (PM) wants a debate with me on development issues I am ready for it...we ask what you have done for UP and we will also tell what all we have done," he said addressing an election meeting here in support of party nominee Masood Khan on Tulsipur seat.
Referring the the latest acronym of KASAB (for Congress, SP and BSP) given by BJP President Amit Shah yesterday, he said, "We used to study that it was "KA se kabutar" but these people are teaching something else. This time round, people are going to set your 'kabutar' (pigeons) free," he said.
"BJP people have lost the battle on the ground and so their language has changed," he said, wondering on what course they wanted to take the elections as the SP only wanted to take it on the path of development.
Shah had made these comments while seeking to draw a parallel between the rival parties and the Mumbai attack perpetrator Ajmal Kasab.
At a rally in Gorakhpur, BJP President had said, “In this election, people of UP should get rid of Kasab. By KASAB, I mean KA for congress, SA for Samajwadi Party and B for BSP (Ye Uttar Pradesh ki janata is baar ke chunav mein is Kasab se mukti paa le. Kasab se mera matlab kuch aur mat nikaliyega. Kasab se mera matlab hai- KA se congress, SA se Samajwadi Party aur B se BSP)."
Stressing that it is Samajwadi Party which can take the state on the path of development and maintain communal amity and brotherhood, Akhilesh appealed to the electorate to help him win once again to form the government.
"You have already seen BJP and BSP, give us one more chance to serve you and take the state ahead on the path of development," he said.
Attacking the Prime Minister further, he said, "Piqued are only those who are faced with defeat...only those who are left behind talk about the past...PMji do not confuse our Uttar Pradesh...if you are the adopted son of UP, then we belong to this place...who is going to adopt us".
On the foreign trips of Prime Minister, he said, "The PM has toured so many countries, has he brought anything for the country he should tell?"
"We in UP have tried to emulate the policing system in the US and developed UP-100...now policemen cannot misbehave with the public," he said.
On the prime minister's allegations that police stations are run by SP people, Akhilesh said he does not know that it is also run through UP-100.
"We admit that there had been some shortcomings, but it will improve with UP-100 and the anomalies in the police working will be addressed," he said.
Attacking the BJP, he said when SP had decided to distribute laptops they called it "jhunjhuna" (toy) but later went on to include it in their manifesto.
"Why they allege that we discriminated in its distribution...you people can go out and ask whether meritorious students have not got it," he added.
(With PTI inputs)