The Congress on Saturday alleged that one of the main accused in the murder of Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur is a “member of the BJP” and asked whether the Center had moved quickly to transfer the case to the NIA for this reason.
Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters here, the head of the party’s media department, Pawan Khera, said a very sensational revelation was made by a media group in relation to the Udaipur incident which pointed to BJP links with Riyaz Attari.
Senior Congress Leader Pawan Khera cited a media group’s “very sensational revelation” in relation to the Udaipur incident that pointed to the BJP’s ties to Riyaz Attari, also called Riaz Akhtari.
“Kanhaiya Lal’s killer, Riyaz Attari, is a member of the BJP,” Khera also tweeted, joining other congress leaders who made similar claims.
Khera cited photos and publications linking Attari to BJP leaders Irshad Chainwala and Mohammad Tahir. “It has also come to light in the same revelation that the main accused, Riyaz Attari, often participated in the programs of Rajasthan’s BJP leader and former minister Gulabchand Kataria,” she alleged. “Not only this, the images of the main accused Riyaz Attari attending the meetings of the Rajasthan minority unit of the BJP are also in front of the world,” Khera stated.
Via BJP leader Irshad Chainwala’s posts on Facebook on November 30, 2018, and Mohammad Tahir on February 3, 2019, October 27, 2019, August 10, 2021, November 28, 2019 and other posts, it is clear that Attari was not only “close to the BJP leaders” but was also an active member of the BJP, Khera alleged.
Questioning the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the Congress leader asked if the Bharatiya Janata Party and its leaders are trying to create an atmosphere of religious frenzy in the country. “Is the Bharatiya Janata Party, through its spokespersons and leaders, trying to gain an advantage by polarizing the country?” he asked.
BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya dismissed the claim as “fake news”. “I am not surprised that you are peddling #FakeNews. The Udaipur murderers WERN’T members of the BJP. Their attempt to infiltrate was like the LTTE assassin’s attempt to enter the Congress to kill Rajiv Gandhi,” he tweeted.
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