Congress leader Salman Khurshid has borrowed a movie dialogue to call himself UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s “baap” and challenged him to a debate on the 2008 Batla House encounter, preferably at a cowshed.
Khurshid, Congress candidate from Farrukhabad, said he is ready to debate the 2008 case “whenever and wherever” Adityanath wants. “It will be better if it takes place in a gaushala, to find out if the cow is with him or me,” the lawyer-politician said. “But tell Yogi ji that rishtey mein main unka baap lagta hun (I am like his father),” the 66-year-old leader said while talking to reporters.
He was reacting to the chief minister’s comments during an election meeting in the Mohammadabad area of Farrukhabad district. Adityanath, campaigning for the BJP candidate from the constituency, had said cases like the Batla House encounter happened during the Congress rule. “One must question Salman Khurshid what relation he had with the people of Batla House. On what grounds, he went to defend them in court,” he had asked Khurshid.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, had raised the encounter issue, accusing the Congress of indulging in “vote bhakti”. The encounter had taken place on 19 September 2008, against suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists at Batla House locality in Jamia Nagar, Delhi.