New Delhi: Samajwadi party leader and Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister Azam Khan on Monday raked a controversy with his remarks on BR Ambedkar.

The minister was speaking at a public rally in Ghaziabad after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated a seven-story Hajj house here.

Khan said, “The statue (of Ambedkar), pointing its finger into the distance, seems to say that not only does it own the plot of land on which it stands, but also the one towards which it points.”

The minister also took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying it is a playing divisive politics in the country in the name of “gai aur Ganga”.

“UP is ranked 24th in the list of states with high crime rates, which is incidentally topped by Rajasthan (ruled by BJP),” Khan said. He also accused BJP of playing divisive politics in the country in the name of “gai aur Ganga (the cow and Ganga)”.

“Beef exports in the country have gone up 1.5 times ever since BJP came to power. BJP has forgotten its development agenda,” he added.

The minister also said if Samajwadi Party comes into power in the next assembly polls, cycle rickshaws will be a thing of the past.

“If we (SP government) are re-elected in the next assembly elections, we will see to it that cycle rickshaws are a thing of the past,” Azam Khan said.