Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday raised strong objections to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s election rally speech in Indore where he revealed that 10 to 15 Muslim boys, who lost their families in the recent riots in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, are being contacted by Pakistani intelligence agencies.
Hitting out at the Congress, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar accused the ruling party of playing vote bank politics.
Taking cue from Rahul’s revelation, Javadekar questioned the government of what action it has taken if there were any intelligence inputs.
“In what capacity is the IB briefing Rahul Gandhi,” the BJP leader further asked.
Speaking at a rally in Madhya Pradesh, yesterday, Rahul had claimed that he was briefed by an "intelligence official" on the ISI having "contacted" youth whose kin were killed in the Muzaffarnagar riots.
Rahul claimed that the intelligence official told him that he was convincing the youngsters to stay away from the influence of Pakistani operatives.
Targeting the BJP, Gandhi further alleged that the opposition party is solely interested in gathering votes, while it is left to the ruling party to cool down the anger that survives in the aftermath of communal violence.
Violence broke out in the Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar on August 27, when members of a community returning from a panchayat meeting in Naglabadhod, three kilometres from Kawal, clashed with members of another community.