Mr. Amit Shah's comment on 'pressing the button (voting) with anger' during the Delhi election to make a point against the anti-CAA protesters inspired a sharp retort from Mr. Prashant Kishor, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s election strategist and the number two leader of the BJP's Bihar ally the Janata Dal United (JDU).
'EVM buttons will be pressed with just love in Delhi on February 8. It should be a mild current, though, so brotherhood and friendship is not endangered,' Mr. Kishor tweeted, in response to the Union Home Minister's widely reported remarks at an election rally in Delhi on Sunday evening.
Mr. Shah made the comments while lashing out at the Shaheen Bagh protest, where women and children have been freezing nights for over a month in a peaceful campaign against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA, the new law that gives citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they escaped religious persecution and arrived in India before 2015. Protesters across the country fear the law will be used to target Muslims.