Days after he was accused of polarising voters over his tweet that appeared to be a call for a “temple in Mathura”, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Friday in a controversial speech said poor law and order situation in the state earlier was due to people in “skull caps who threatened traders”, among others.
Skull caps are usually associated with the attire of Muslim men.
“Before 2017, how many lungi -clad goons used to roam here? Who in skull caps used to threaten the traders while carrying guns? Who used to encroach upon your land and threaten you to not go to Police? Remember all this,” Mr Maurya said at a meeting of traders in Prayagraj, which was earlier known as Allahabad.