Hours after Congress' Salman Khurshid said in an election rally that he will break into pieces ("Choor Choor") anyone, naming "gathbandhan" and "haathi" (BSP), who will create a hurdle in the election contest between him (the Congress) and PM Modi, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said that the reason for such comments is that the Congress is frustrated.
Responding to media persons after arriving in Kanpur for his election rally, Yadav said: "None can use these sort of comments during election. Actually they are frustrated. They don't have anything to say to people hence they are saying these things. We have lot to say to people. They have nothing to say hence they are resorting to say these things in front of public."
While addressing a public rally in Farrukhabad where he is the Congress candidate, Salman Khurshid had said:
"We will fight against Modi, and I declare that whosever will interfere in the fight between me and Modi, or will try to stop me, whether he be from Gathbandhan or from BSP (Haathi), I will attack them and will break them into pieces."
("Hamare yaha is waqt ye keher hai ki hum Modi se ladenge, aur main aelan karta hu, Modi se jo meri ladai main mere samne ayega, aur mujhe rokne ki koshish karega, wo gathbandhan ka naam le, ya wo haathi ka naam le, main usko waar karke choor choor kar dunga.")
On May 23, 2018, when party leaders from across the country gathered in Bengaluru ahead of the swearing-in of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, it was West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee who alongside Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu had made the 'Choor Choor' remark for the first time.
Mamata Banerjee had then said, "There is a saying in Hindi what workers and farmers use - 'Jo humse takraayega, choor choor ho jayega.'(Whoever clashes against us will get crushed)" asking the regional to form an alliance against the ruling government. "If regional parties are there only then will nation be strong. If regional parties come together, the greatest strength is theirs. That should be understood," she later added.