Sultanpur: In yet another indication that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is back to communal politics to seek votes in Uttar Pradesh, its chief Amit Shah on Wednesday coined a new acronym 'Kasab' to target Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP).
Though Amit Shah used KASAB - Ka (in Hindi) for Congress, Sa for Samajwadi Party and Ba for BSP, the indirect reference to Ajmal Kasab, the Mumbai terror attack convict, did not go unnoticed.
"Until Uttar Pradesh gets rid of K-A-S-A-B, there will be no development in the state. Shall I tell you what does 'Kasab' mean? It's Ka (in Hindi) is for Congress, Sa for Samajwadi Party and Ba for BSP," Amit Shah said in Chauri Chaura, a historic town in Uttar Pradesh.
In an indirect reference to target Muslims, Modi is known to have used 'Miya Musharraf' while campaiging during Gujarat state polls.
Amit Shah did not stop here. In his tirade against Akhilesh Yadav, he said the Chief Minister has made UP 'number one' in crime.
"Akhilesh did work. He has taken the state to top in murders and rapes," he said.
Attacking Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh, the BJP leader said while one had upset his mother, the other had troubled his father.
Reacting to Amit Shah's dig, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Mau Singhvi said, "There is a need to end acronyms... BJP's repulsive thinking has been brought out. It shows the party's communal mindset."
The Congress leader said the statement of Shah is in violation of the Model Code of Conduct and needs to be "strongly condemned" and is "reprehensible".
"It is not a question of Kasab. Everybody acknowledges that he was a criminal. The question is symbolic to try and make it communal by bringing in Congress, SP, BSP," he said.
"You can see their (BJP's) actual face and they want to take votes by dividing, scaring and threatening people," Singhvi said.