MUMBAI: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday criticized the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh over violence in Bulandshahar. Pawar said the way minorities were being attacked in the state, it seemed the Yogi Adityanath government was encouraging such (right wing) forces. Taking on the BJP government further he said that issues like cow slaughter and Ram Mandir were being raised only to divert people’s attention from failure (of ruling parties) and asked people to remain cautious from this dangerous agenda. “The way minorities are being attacked in Uttar Pradesh, the murder of the police officer who tried to stop the unruly mob in Bulandshahr and the way the matter is being dealt with, it seems chief minister Yogi Adityanath is encouraging such forces. Other sections of the society need to be cautious now,” Pawar said. In response to a question, he also said that everyone knows that the BJP made lots of promises in the run up to elections in 2014 and did nothing in the last four years.
“Issues such as cow slaughter and Ram Mandir are being raised to divert attention,” the NCP chief said.