Lucknow, March 30: Uttar Pradesh parliamentary affairs Minister Azam Khan who is known for stocking controversies has done it again.
On the last day of the Budget session, the Minister gave unusual gift to MLAs- a broom and a pen. This is being seen as an attempt to swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan'.
"I am giving two gifts [pen and broom]. You all should decide which one could eradicate sins in society and which reminds you that you cannot treat society only by slogans," he said.
Reportedly, along with pen and a broom Azam Khan also handed over a letter to the legislators, asking them to decide which among the two can take on the evils in society.
"You have seen and tested me. I am not the one people think I am, but the one whom your heart knows. I know you are truthful and realise the truth", Khan said in the letter.
The Minister, earlier during the session, attacked the PM on the issue by saying that he had put brooms in people's hands and taken away pens from them.
A bag, carrying pen, broom and his letter, was sent to legislators after the end of the Assembly session on March 26.
Meanwhile, incensed BJP has reacted sharply over the matter. Commenting on the ‘gifts', BJP legislator Radha Mohan Das Agarwal said the Prime Minister had given a good message to society by launching the cleanliness drive, which he (Mr. Azam) could not digest.
"By gifting brooms he has only propagated the ideology of the PM," Mr. Agarwal said.
BSP legislator Ram Prasad Chowdhury said that he had received the ‘gifts' but he did not see the letter till now as he had left for his constituency after the session was over.
The Congress has termed the ‘gifts' as an admission of a tacit understanding between the SP and the BJP.
"The gift is an admission of an understanding between the SP and the BJP. It seems that he has tried to disclose the understanding through the broom and the pen," Congress legislator Nadeem Javed said.
(With inputs from agency)