Ambedkarnagar/Sitapur/ Pilibhit: Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma has dubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a ``militant outfit``.
"The BJP is no longer a Hindu party. It is now a militant outfit. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Swamy Aseemanand who share a close association with the BJP are now behind bars because of their involvement in the Malegaon blasts. This incident is reflective of the BJP``s thought process and involvement in the killing of people in the blast. Now, the Hindu as well as the Muslims fraternity will denounce the BJP," Prasad told a gathering here.
Meanwhile, BJP president Nitin Gadkari has questioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi``s defence of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram over his involvement in the multi-billion-telecom scam.
Gadkari asked: "I want to question Sonia Gandhi. If A. Raja (former telecom minister) is behind bars, then why is Chidambaram roaming around freely?
BJP leader Varun Gandhi told people in Pilibhit: "I have come here with expectations. I hold a very strong visionary dream for the entire country for which I need to strengthen my hands that can be possible with your support. I urge you to get together."
Polls in Uttar Pradesh are being viewed as an opportunity for major parties to re-establish their foothold in the country`s fifth largest and most populous state.
Polls in Uttar Pradesh will be conducted between February 8 and March 3, and counting will take place on March 6.
A new 403-member state assembly will be elected in March. The poll results will broadly indicate trends for the 2014 general elections.