Uttar Pradesh: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav created controversy by saying Jinnah fought for India’s independence

News Desk: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday compared Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah with Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, saying they all fought for India’s independence.

“Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah studied in the same institute. They became barristers and fought for India’s freedom,” Akhilesh Yadav said.

“It was Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who imposed a ban on an ideology,” Akhilesh Yadav said, in an oblique reference to the RSS.

Slamming the Congress, he said “There is no difference between BJP and Congress. Congress is BJP and BJP is Congress”

Reacting to his statement, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said “Mulayam Singh ji will also hold his head after hearing this from Akhilesh Yadav, who has studied in Australia. The country considers Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the villain of the partition. Calling Jinnah the hero of freedom is the politics of Muslim appeasement”

UP’s Minister of State for Minority Welfare Mohsin Raza said “By saying that the ideology of the divisive Jinnah is the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, Akhilesh ji has insulted the great men of the country”

“The country should understand that who are those in our country demanding “Jinnah Wali Azadi” who are expecting votes from Jinnah’s relatives” he added.