Controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som, who is accused of fanning 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar, has said the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh will be a “fight between Hindustan and Pakistan”.
A video of Som making the remark at a meeting of BJP supporters in Meerut on Wednesday was being shared on social media.
Samajwadi Party leader Atul Pradhan, who lost against Som in the previous assembly election, said he planned to lodge a complaint against Som with the election commission for “describing himself as Hindustan and his rivals as Pakistan”. “He has been preparing ground for engineering communal riots,” Pradhan said.
Som hit back, saying the video was doctored. He, however, said the Samajwadi Party turned the UP, which experienced over 400 incidents of communal riots, into Hindustan and Pakistan.
WATCH: BJP MLA Sangeet Som says in Meerut, 'ladai yahan(UP) Hindustan aur Pakistan ki hai' (16/8/16)https://t.co/UKcI9CzdXH
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Som, who denies any involvement in the riots that killed more than 50 people, was honoured at a BJP rally in Uttar Pradesh in 2013.
Political parties have traditionally sought to exploit religious and caste lines to win votes in the politically crucial state, which has a 403-member assembly.
Som had triggered a controversy in June this year by organising a march to show solidarity with Hindu families that allegedly migrated from Kairana for the fear of criminals.
Last year, he accused the UP Police of taking one-sided action and “terrorising innocent youth in Bisada” village in Dadri, where a man was killed following rumours that he ate beef.