Kairana: Five seers who visited Kairana in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday have rubbished a BJP leader's allegation of a "Hindu exodus" from the Muslim-dominated town.
The seers visited Kairana at the request of the state's ruling Samajwadi Party, days after a team of BJP lawmakers went to the town and backed their colleague Hukum Singh, who had earlier this month put out a list of 346 families that he claimed were Hindus driven out of the town.
"We think that Hukum Singh's list is rubbish and motivated by politics," said Acharya Pramod Krishnan from Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal district.
The assessment of the Hindu seers provided ammo to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday as he attacked the BJP at a rally in the Lakhimpur district.
"These are the same people who once spoke about reconversions and the ones who tried to ruin the environment in Muzaffarnagar and UP but have been unsuccessful," said the 42-year-old Chief Minister, who will face the BJP and former Chief Minister Mayawati in the state polls next year.
Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of the BJP's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, said today: "The news of displacement from several parts of the country is painful and disturbing. It is our responsibility to remove pessimism from the hearts of such people and instill the feeling that this country is ours, this land is ours."
In Delhi, Hukum Singh hit out at the seers. "When we started looking at their past... the number of crimes they had committed. I was ashamed...if they had to do such things then at least they should not have worn this sacred color (saffron)," said Mr Singh, alleging that some of the seers had criminal cases against them.