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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.

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