- Akhilesh hits out at Rahul Gandhi’s ‘X-ray’ statement
- “Why didn’t Congress conduct a caste census when it was in power?”
- “Congress’s demand for caste census is a ‘miracle'”.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 (General Election 2024), the rift between Uttar Pradesh’s main opposition Samajwadi Party and the Congress has begun to surface and it has become clear that all is not well in the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. It’s running. Amid demands for a caste census conducted by the Congress, SP president Akhilesh Yadav has questioned why previous Congress-led governments did not conduct a caste census while in power. After this comment of Akhilesh Yadav, differences between the two parties have come to light in the opposition front.
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Akhilesh took a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s demand
Taking a jibe at former Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s demand for caste census and ‘X-ray’ remarks, Akhilesh Yadav said previous governments did not take any action on this due to their flawed policies. The SP leader targeted the Congress while talking to a news agency in Satna, Madhya Pradesh. Let us tell you that Rahul Gandhi said in a rally on Monday that the caste census will be like an ‘X-ray’, in which complete details of various communities will be given. On this statement of Rahul, Akhilesh has said that when Congress was in power, he did not get X-ray done. The SP chief said the Congress’s demand for caste enumeration is a ‘miracle’.
“Congress demands a miracle…”
Attacking Rahul Gandhi and Congress, Akhilesh Yadav said that when Congress was in power, this problem could have been solved. Had the X-ray been done at that time, the problem would not have escalated. He said an MRI and CT scan are now necessary because the disease has progressed. The SP leader said that Congress’s demand for caste enumeration is the biggest ‘miracle’ as it is the same party which has not carried out caste enumeration since independence.
“Congress’ traditional vote bank is not with them…”
Akhilesh Yadav criticized the Congress for not doing caste enumeration and said that when Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav), Sharad Yadav, Lalu Prasad Yadav and parties from South India raised the demand for caste enumeration in the Lok Sabha, the Congress refused it. Karna He said that now Congress wants caste counting because Congress knows that its traditional vote bank is not with them, and backward classes, dalits and tribals also know that Congress cheated them after independence.
The danger between Congress-SP is clearly visible…!
Let us tell you that since the last few days, the rift between Congress and SP has started to emerge. Akhilesh Yadav claimed that the Congress does not want to form an alliance with him amid a sour relationship over seat sharing for the November 17 Madhya Pradesh elections. Last week, Akhilesh had said that the Congress had not implemented the recommendations of the Mandal Commission and opposed the caste enumeration. The SP leader had said at an election rally in Madhya Pradesh that neither the Congress nor the BJP had done anything for the poor and farmers while in power in the state. However, amid the ongoing tension between the two parties, Akhilesh Yadav told NDTV last month that the SP is still a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party.