New Delhi, Apr 16: A day after the Election Commission barred Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP Chief Mayawati, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and SP leader Azam Khan from poll campaigning in a limited period, Indian Union Muslim League on Tuesday complained to the poll body against BJP chief Amit Shah for his remarks that he referred to Wayanad in Kerala as Pakistan territory.
The Muslim League delegation, led by its national secretary Khorrum Omer, objected to the statement, which Amit Shah made on April 9 during his election rally in Nagpur, that, “and this Rahul baba, for his alliance, is contesting from such a seat where when a procession is taken out, it is difficult to make out whether it is India or Pakistan. He is contesting from such a seat.”The BJP president’s remarks were aimed at Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s candidature in Wayanad in Kerala, where Muslim League, a largest ally of the Congress-led United Democratic Front, has a strong presence.
“This is highly derogatory and the people of Kerala are highly offended by this comparison” the League said in their complaint and demanded that the “poll body initiate appropriate punitive measures including disabling all his (Mr Shah’s) social media accounts for making such baseless, malicious, irresponsible communal statements regarding IUML and the people of Kerala thereby violating the model code of conduct”. The Kerala party also said that Mr Shah’s statement is not only derogatory and demeaning for the people of Kerala but is also used to polarise the vote of a particular community and to spread hatred between the Hindus and Muslims.
The party also demanded that an FIR be filed under section 153 A against Mr Shah for his statements intended to create hatred amongst the communities. Earlier, the Commission had censured Mr Adityanath for his ‘green virus’ statement on Muslim League and had said that the UP Chief Minister violated the poll code of conduct and barred him from campaigning for 72 hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too, had referred to Wayanad to target the Congress president, that he said, some leaders in a party have chosen a ‘minority dominated’ seat to escape Hindu anger. (UNI)