A day after the BJP accused the Congress of fielding a “sympathiser” of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Bihar elections, former AMU Students’ Union president Maskoor Usmani Friday said that the National Democratic Alliance would be held responsible if his safety was compromised during the course of the elections.
On Friday, BJP Begusarai MP and Union minister of state Giriraj Singh took on the candidature of Usmani from the Jale seat in Darbhanga district and asked whether the Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) supported the ideology of the Pakistan leader.
Talking to reporters at the BJP office in Patna, Singh said the Grand Alliance should explain its position on the candidature of Usmani. “Let us know if the Congress’s Jale candidate, Usmani, supports Jinnah? Will Sharjeel Imam (of Jehanabad origin, who is in jail on, among others, sedition charges), will be the Grand Alliance’s star campaigner?”
The Congress responded saying “it would not allow the BJP to digress from the core issue of development” and challenged the Centre to take action against Usmani if he was guilty.
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