“Gandhi family did not distance itself from Ministers' statements”

Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani on Sunday accused the Congress of communalising the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and pointed to the Gandhi family not distancing itself from the statements made by Union Ministers Salman Khurshid and Beni Prasad Verma on the minority sub-quote issue and Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh's remarks on the Batla House encounter.

“Never before had the Congress and/or its leaders communalised an Assembly election as consciously and deliberately as they did in Uttar Pradesh in 2012,” Mr. Advani wrote in his latest blog post. He regretted the open “unprecedented” defiance of the Election Commission of India by the two Union Ministers. Mr. Advani wrote: “[The] Salman Khurshid episode is not the only instance to prove this point. Mr. Digvijay Singh's recent statement to the effect that the Batla House encounter with terrorists was a fake encounter has been yet another instance. Even after [Mr.] Khurshid's regret letter [to ECI], Beni Prasad Verma has repeated what Mr. Khurshid had said. The ECI has served a notice on Mr. Verma also.”