Khan courted controversy yet again as he dragged the Kargil conflict into the ongoing high voltage Lok Sabha campaign, saying it was "Muslim soldiers" who fought for India's victory in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan.
"Those who fought for victory in Kargil were not Hindu soldiers, in fact the ones who fought for our victory were Muslim soldiers," he said in a speech laced with communal overtones during an election rally in Ghaziabad on Tuesday night.
Khan also went on to say that no one can guard the country's borders better than those from the Muslim community. "Recruit us in the Indian Army. No one can guard the borders of our nation better than us," he said.
Khan's remarks come two days after he called BJP general secretary Amit Shah a ‘goonda' (thug) and ‘qatil' (killer),
Former Army Chief and BJP's candidate in Ghaziabad Gen V K Singh condemned Khan's remarks, saying the Kargil war was "won by Indians". Singh is looking to capitalise on the significant population of ex-servicemen in the area.
Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said action should be taken against Khan for "intemperate" remarks that could lead to division of communities based on regligion or caste.
It is not the first time, the SP leader has been under fire for his controversial statement. On Monday, Khan had called Amit Shah a ‘qatil' and described BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as an ‘enemy of the Muslims'. Khan also said Modi was responsible for the 2002 Gujarat riots. Stating that the man who had referred to Muslims as "puppies" could "never work for the benefit of Muslims", Khan said Modi's policies would only serve to divide Hindus and Muslims.
With PTI inputs