Apparently stung by Shiv Sena branding Uttar Pradesh as an “Islamic state”, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav will address a public rally in Mumbai on February 16 to take on the BJP’s ally in Maharashtra.
“Mulayam will address a ‘desh banao-desh bachao’ rally in Mumbai on February 16,” SP’s Maharashtra unit chief Abu Asim Azmi said.
The SP supremo’s decision to hold a rally in Mumbai assumes significance against the backdrop of Sena accusing the UP government of doing “anti-national business for appeasement politics”.
Sena had lashed out at the Akhilesh Yadav government for allowing Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali to hold a concert here on Sunday.
“The ‘Islamic Yadav’ government says that Ghulam Ali was invited to perform to promote Hindu-Muslim unity. But, to promote unity, why does one need Pakistani artistes only? There are fine Muslim artistes in the country who are famous,” Sena had said in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
The party had also alleged that keeping the upcoming UP Assembly polls in mind, the SP government had started “an anti-national business (of inviting Pakistani artistes) to play appeasement politics.”