Slamming the Samajwadi Party leader for his comment, state BJP spokesperson Vjay Bahadur Pathak said the remark was not only unfortunate but also completely misplaced.

The protest took place in front of the state assembly on Monday."To say that our workers were armed with petrol bombs and weapons are provocative, slanderous and a blatant lie," Pathak said, daring the minister to prove his charges.

The state government has completely failed to control the recent spurt in crime and check the failing law and order situation, he said. On the other hand, it was targeting its political adversaries, Pathak said.

"The minister said our workers were armed with illegal weapons, petrol bombs, and acid bottles. I would like to know on behalf of the BJP how many of these have been recovered by police," the BJP leader asked.

(Agencies)

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