Akhilesh Yadav has provoked outrage with his comment on martyrs on a day the killing of a young army officer in Kashmir has led to grief and anger. Asked about soldiers being killed in Kashmir, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister ended up making the same sort of political statement that he appeared to be denouncing.
“The incidents that are happening right now, there are no answers to it. Somebody’s head has been chopped off, they are being mutilated, why no discussion on that? Soldiers are being beheaded and there is no discussion on that. I have said that Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and south India have had a lot of martyred soldiers, but has any soldier of Gujarat been martyred?” Mr Yadav said on camera, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.
He was apparently targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Gujarat politician whose rise in national politics has been blamed by his detrcators for simultaneous growth of aggressive nationalism.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Amogh #GiveUpAMeal (@AmoghNavare) May 10, 2017
is pagal ko INDIAN word samajh main aata hai?! https://t.co/asmCB9N7zF
— Bhagwati (@piyubhar) May 10, 2017
Q : What makes human beings an intelligent life form?
A : Not this https://t.co/zaqJR8IZ2t
— Capt Obvious (@DesolateCranium) May 10, 2017
When you have spent too much time with Rahul Gandhi. https://t.co/lxHFGORCD0
— LOLendra Singh (@LOLendraSingh) May 10, 2017
Dakshin Bharat ke ek state ka bhi naam isko yaad nahi aaya? Why club entire South as one? This guy is responsible for Hindi imposition. 😇 https://t.co/g28LSYXrQ9
— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) May 10, 2017
Can't believe if this was said. Sir, soldiers belong to India, not to any state. Don't try and divide like this please. https://t.co/leJC76rIcM
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) May 10, 2017