Lucknow : Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav has questioned the handling of the Ahmed Murtaza Abbasi case related to the attack on the Gorakhnath temple.

In a statement, he urged the state government to “consider that the father of the accused has stated that his son was of unsound mental health and ‘unstable’ state of mind”.

Akhilesh said, “Murtaza’s father has said that his son has a mental problem. I think this aspect should be looked into. BJP is the party that unnecessarily drags the matter.”

The statement, which is expected to elicit a sharp reaction from the BJP, said the SP chief was more concerned about vote bank appeasement than national security.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh also accused the BJP of creating disturbances in Panchayat and Legislative Council elections and called the saffron party a ‘serial killer of democracy’.

“BJP is the serial killer of democracy. How votes are looted in a democracy – BJP has become a specialist party. Many candidates could not file nominations in Kannauj. In Etah, the police chief and the district magistrate together did not allow the nomination to be filed. The same thing happened in Farrukhabad too.”

On the rising prices of petrol and diesel, the SP President said that what he had said is happening now. “I had said that petrol and diesel prices will increase, the same thing happened after the elections. Along with the effect of inflation, unemployment is also killing those who commit suicide.

Akhilesh further said that bulldozers are being run on those who dare to stand before the government.