Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Purvanchal in Uttar Pradesh, devised a new pun “Jinnah” to attack the Samajwadi Party (SP).
“We brought JAM-J for Jan Dhan’s account, A for Aadhaar Card, M for mobile phones. Now SP also said they bought a JAM … which is – J for Jinnah, A for Azam Khan and M for Mukhtar (Ansari), ”Shah said at a rally in Azamgarh.
Shah alleged that he found out about the ‘JAM’ brought by SP through a journalist.
Shah’s comment comes days after the SP’s national president By Akhilesh Yadav The comment on Muhammad Ali Jinnah fueled the discussion. Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammed Ali Jinnah studied at the same institute and became lawyers. They helped (India) to get freedom and they never backed away from any struggle, ”Yadav had said at a rally.
UP Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath tore up Yadav’s statement claiming that the latter was “comparing ‘desh-todo’ (the one responsible for dividing the country) Jinnah with ‘desh-jodo’ (the one who united the country) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel “.
“The statement is frankly embarrassing. Sardar Patel is the architect of the country’s unity. At present, work is underway to realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat’. But his ‘vibhajankaari’ (divisive) mentality (of Akhilesh) has emerged once again when he compared Sardar Patel to Jinnah. He tried to glorify Jinnah, ”he said.
Shah, who was in Azamgarh to lay the foundation stone for a university, credited the state people for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “You chose Modi ji for the second time, and now a great temple is being built in Ayodhya,” Shah said.