Modi aide’s remark sparks row

April 06, 2014 - 1:30:26 am

New Delhi: The Congress and the AAP yesterday rapped on the Election Commission’s door against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah over his remark on the Muzaffarnagar riots. The BJP defended Shah, saying it saw “nothing wrong in his remark”.

Shah reportedly said in a recent election meeting in Muzaffarnagar that “this election is about voting out the government that protects and gives compensation to those who killed Jats. It is about badla (revenge) and protecting izzat (honour)”.

He was accompanied by BJP legislator Suresh Rana, who was an accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots in which over 60 people, mostly Muslims, had died, while thousands were rendered homeless. Attacking Shah for his “provocative hate speech”, the Congress complained to the Election Commission. The Congress sought his arrest and asked the panel to ban him from campaigning in western Uttar Pradesh.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also went to the poll panel, seeking action. “The EC should not allow such elements to create hatred at such a sensitive juncture, when the country is in the midst of a general election. The remarks openly incite people of one community to take revenge against another religious community and cannot be allowed to go unpunished.” IANS