IN the middle of his campaign through rural Haryana, AAP leader and candidate from the Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat Yogendra Yadav addressed a number of “nukkad sabhas” Thursday, where he said that if Narendra Modi were to become the Prime Minister, questions relating to India’s Partition would be asked again.
Yadav said people would have to decide if they wanted to walk on the path of “Modi” or of Gandhi, who had envisioned a secular India, where “no one community would be a thekedaar”.
With his campaign trail taking him through the Mewat region, where Meo Muslims are a significant vote share, Yadav largely trained his guns on Modi and said the possibility that he would become the PM was a threat to the country. “It is not a danger just to Muslims or to Hindus, but to all of Hindustan. This is a man, who despite being Gujarat’s chief minister, has never apologised for the riots in 2002 and instead rubbed salt on the wounds. If he becomes the PM, questions of partition will come up again,” he said.
“In 1947, it was decided that Pakistan would be a one religion country, while India would embrace everyone — Hindu, Muslim, Tamil, Bengali. In fact, when there were so many fleeing, Gandhi came to Ghaseda village in Mewat, folded his hands and asked people not to leave and 70,000 people returned home. That principle is now in danger. If he becomes Prime Minister, one community could become thekedaar, aag lag jayegi. We have seen Sri Lanka burn before, and India could too. We have to decide if we want to walk on Gandhi’s path or Modi’s path,” he said, atop a jeep at Mahuchopra village.
Yadav also said there was only one party that could stand in Modi’s way, with only Kejriwal taking a stand against him. Addressing small gatherings of around 50 people at various places, he said, “The Congress has left the maidan a long time ago, unable to stop Modi. The INLD has already stated at the Rewari rally that Modi held, that they want to help him to the throne in Delhi. The only danger in this constituency is from Mewat and they will try and divide the vote. It is upto you to to stand together.”