The saffron party, however, defended the former Gujarat home minister.
 
Both leaders urged the Election Commission to take strict action against Shah for his provocative comments.

Mayawati even asked the Election Commission to ban Shah’s entry in Uttar Pradesh.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister branded BJP candidate from Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency Ramakant Yadav as the biggest terrorist of the region.

The Azamgarh constituency has taken the center seat as Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting elections from here this time.

“Such comments of Amit Shah violate the Election Commission code. It can also disturb law and order in eastern UP. Shah should be banned again,” Mayawati said.

“I strongly condemn Amit Shah's comments on Azamgarh. The biggest terrorist of Azamgarh is BJP's candidate Ramakant Yadav,” she added.

“I threw Ramakant Yadav out of BSP and got him arrested. His terror is all over Azamgarh. BJP now finds nothing wrong in him,” she further said.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh also held no holds barred in lambasting Shah for his divisive and contentious comments, saying he has been trying hard to divide the people in the state on communal lines.

 “Since he has become BJP's UP in-charge, he is constantly trying to divide people in the state,” Akhilesh said.

Akhilesh added that recently only Shah had apologised in front of the Election Commission and now he is again spewing venom.

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, however, defended Shah and said that he did not say anything wrong. Swamy added any government that would come in power next would need to make efforts to eliminate terror out of Azamgarh.

“Nothing wrong in what Amit Shah said. Future Govt will have to make efforts to cleanse Azamgarh of terror, “Swamy said.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh had earlier thrashed Shah, Modi and BJP for switching to communal propaganda from the development flank they had been boasting about throughout their election campaign.

“Modi/Amit Shah have come back to Communal Campaign from Development. They have forgotten involvement of Sanghi activists in Modasa Bomb Blast,” Digvijay tweeted on Monday morning.

“Modasa is in Gujarat. Azamgarh has been a symbol of Hindu Muslim Amity. It didn't have any riots in 47 and 92 post Babri Masjid demolition,” he added.

“I strongly condemn Amit Shah's statement about Azamgarh. Election Commission must take action,” he further tweeted.

Digvijay also questioned Modi for the grants given by the Gujarat government to Shabri Ashram of former RSS activist Swami Aseemanand and to another saffron leader Pragya Singh's NGOs.

“Would Modi tell us grants Gujarat Govt and he has given to Shabri Ashram of Aseemanand and to Pragya Singh's NGOs both accused in Bomb Blast,” Digvijay tweeted.

Shah, who is the BJP’s in-charge for Uttar Pradesh, had said, “Azamgarh is the base of terrorists as there is no fear of the government, which is advocating their release.”

(JPN)

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