“During a debate in the Lok Sabha, the then PM Atal Behari Vajpayee claimed that 56 people were killed in the Ayodhya firing against the state government’s figure of 20, but when I asked for names, he took back his words. Later, it was known that 28 people had died and the government provided all possible financial assistance to the families of the deceased,” he clarified.
The Samajwadi leader was peeved over the party’s performance in 2017 assembly polls, in which his party could muster only 47 seats.“After the Ayodhya firing, when people dubbed me ‘Hindu ka Hatyara', the party had won 105 seats, but this time the number of seats plummeted even when 90 per cent of Muslims supported the party candidates. The party leaders are solely responsible for the debacle,” he stated. (UNI)