Hitting out at the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for his comment about martyrs, the current deputy CM of the state, Keshav Prasad Maurya said people won’t accept what the Samajwadi Party leader is trying to convey. Maurya added that 43-year-old SP leader is in trauma after his party’s loss in state assembly elections earlier this year. “Jo sandesh wo dena chahte hain janta usey swikaar nahi kar sakti, chunav me haar ke kaaran abhi sadme me hain (people won’t accept the message he is trying to give, he is in trauma after losing the elections,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Akhilesh Yadav sparked a controversy by asking why is it that soldiers from all parts of the country have been martyred, except those hailing from Gujarat. “UP, Madhya Pradesh, Dakshin Bharat har jagah se shaheed huye hain, Gujarat ka koi jawan shaheed hua ho toh batao (Jawans from UP, Madhya Pradesh, South India and other parts of the country have lost their lives but tell me whether anyone has been martyred from Gujarat),” he was quoted saying by news agency ANI.
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The agency reported that Akhilesh was referring to the recent ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Krishna Ghati sector of Jammu and Kashmir, where two Indian soldiers were killed and mutilated by Pakistan’s Border Action Team ( BAT). Akhilesh’s Samajwadi Party lost heavily in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections wherein Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured a clear-cut majority and formed the government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. While BJP won more than 300 seats, SP managed to win just 47 seats despite forming an alliance with Congress.