Congress leader Salman Khurshid called himself the ‘baap’ (father) of Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and challenged him to a debate on the 2008 Batla House encounter.
Two suspected militants were killed in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar locality on September 19, 2008. The encounter was called the Batla House encounter.
In an election rally, the UP CM had accused Khurshid of defending the militants.
“One must question Salman Khurshid what relation he had with the people of Batla House. On what grounds did he go to defend them in court?” Yogi Adityanath was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Reacting to the UP CM’s remarks, Khursid said that he was ready to debate the encounter “whenever and wherever” Yogi Adityanath wants.
“It will be better if it takes place in a gaushala to find out if the cow is with him or me,” the congress leader, who is contesting the elections from Farrukhabad, said.
“But tell Yogi ji that rishtey mein main unka baap lagta hoon [I am his father by relation],” he told reporters, using Amitabh Bachchan’s famous dialogue from the film Shahenshah.
The actual dialogue was: “Rishtey mein hum tumharay baap lagtay hain or naam hai Shahenshah (I am like your father and the name is Shahenshah).”