Speaking to CNN-IBN, Akhilesh reportedly claimed that BJP leaders including Shah had ignited communal violence by addressing several sensitive issues in the state. Shah, former Gujarat home minister, is BJP's General Secretary in-charge in Uttar Pradesh.
During the interview with the TV channel, the UP CM also raised some questions asking, "In Jhansi, there was a temple where Hindus and Muslims were living together since independence. Then why did BJP raise the issue of temple in the area?"
The young UP CM also asserted, "Since I joined politics, I wear a cap. If people give me a cap, I wear it. The Samajwadi Party is working for the development of the people."
Why did BJP raise the issue of temple in the area
Earlier BJP President Rajnath Singh, who recently cancelled his visit to riot-hit Muzaffarnagar and adjoining area following an appeal from the state administration, blamed Samajwadi Party for the violence in the area.
Whenever the Samajwadi Party (SP) comes to power, "a series of communal riots begin in Uttar Pradesh", said Rajnath on Saturday, Sept 21.
"If we see the history of riots, then we can see that whenever the Samajwadi Party (SP) comes to power, a series of communal riots begin in Uttar Pradesh," added Singh.
More than 40 people were killed and many were injured as communal violence broke out in the sensitive region of the state. BJP leader Sangeet Som, who has been arrested, was accused of igniting violence circulating a fake controversial video.