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BJP alleges link between convicts to serial blast, SP

A day before all 55 Assembly constituencies go to the polls in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP on Saturday alleged a direct link between those convicted of the 2008 serial bombings in Ahmedabad and the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the PU.

Calling the opposition a terrorist sympathizer, BJP leader and Union Minister Anurag Thakur shared photographs proving that a convict’s family member was associated with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.

“One of the 49 convicted of the serial deadly blasts in Ahmedabad is Mohammad Saif, son of party leader Samajwadi Shahbad Ahmed,” Thakur said, sharing photos of then UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav , with Ahmad. “Did Akhilesh call him over biryani ‘His son was the mastermind and involved in the blasts,'” he said. Thakur said the SP was not only associated with those convicted of the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts, but also appealed to the courts to drop charges against some of them. Citing the court’s response to a petition from the Akhilesh-led government in 2014, Thakur said, “Now you withdraw the charges against them, tomorrow will you award them the Padma Bhushan?”

The BJP leader alleged: “The SP grants protection to terrorists, therefore, Prime Minister Modi has called their red caps ‘red alerts for UP’.

He said they were raising issues against the police and they were not “Samajwadi but Samaj Virodhi”.

“We have not forgotten the Batla House encounter. We are well aware of the SP’s affection for the terrorists. There is a clear link between the SP and the convicts of the Ahmedabad blasts,” said the head of the BJP.

A Gujarat court on Friday sentenced 38 convicts to death over the serial explosions that killed 56 people and injured more than 200 in the state capital in 2008.