JD(U), Congress approach EC, demand ban on Amit Shah's entry in Bihar
Upping the ante against Amit Shah after his "fireworks in Pakistan" remark, JD(U) and Congress on Friday approached the Election Commission demanding that the BJP chief be barred from entering Bihar for "inciting communal tension" till the election process ends.
New Delhi: Upping the ante against Amit Shah after his "fireworks in Pakistan" remark, JD(U) and Congress on Friday approached the Election Commission demanding that the BJP chief be barred from entering Bihar for "inciting communal tension" till the election process ends.
Taking strong objection to BJP's poll advertisements in the state, they accused the party of using "lies and false propaganda" to vitiate the atmosphere and demanded that an FIR be registered against Shah as well Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his quota remarks.
Slamming Shah's yesterday remarks that if BJP loses in Bihar, there will be fireworks in Pakistan, JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi said, "Shah's remarks are inflammatory.
"A case should be registered against him and he should be debarred from entering Bihar till the poll process is over. He is a habitual conspirator. He was earlier also debarred from entering Gujarat by the court."
A delegation of Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, spokesperson Ajoy Kumar and JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and submitted a memorandum, accusing the BJP of "vitiating" the electoral process by "promoting communal tension" through its advertisements.
It sought action including "complete withdrawal" of these ads and "prosecution" of the perpetrators.
Submitting a list of advertisements issued by the BJP in Bihar including one which accuses Nitish Kumar-led of "snatching the plate of dalits" and accuses it of trying to carve five per cent reservation for a particular community from the quota for SC/ST/OBC, the delegation demanded quick action from the poll watchdog.
The parties complained to the EC on this matter on a day when Prime Minister Narendra raised the pitch on this issue addressing a rally in Lalu Prasad's home turf Gopalganj and citing a speech of Nitish Kumar in Parliament allegedly favouring sub quota for Muslims.
Tyagi also said that the Election Commission should register a case against Modi for the repeated reference of his belonging to Extremely Backward Castes (EBC) in the same manner as the Election Commission had lodged a case against RJD chief Lalu Prasad for his forward versus back election remark earlier.
They also cited two more ads. While one alleges that Lashkar-e-Toiba and ISI terrorists are "thriving in Bihar due to negligence" of JD-U leaders, the other talks of Bihar government's role in "delayed" arrest of Yasin Bhatkal from Nepal border.
The delegation alleged that it is a "shameless" attempt by the BJP at spreading "false propaganda" and "creating communal tension".
The Nitish Kumar-led alliance claimed that one of the ads say that RJD, JD(U) and Congress leaders are "giving sanctuary" to terrorists to appease a particular community for votes.
The name of the particular community becomes clear when seen in context to previous day's ad, which spoke about Muslim community appeasement by RJD-JD(U) and Congress by 'robbing the plate of dalits', the delegation alleged.
On the ad regarding Bhatkal arrest issue, the delegation said that it questions whether the 'delay' was to make a particular community feel the "government's benevolence".
"The connection between letting Bhatkar escape and a community is done to connect Bhatkal with the Muslim community," they alleged.
"In the on-going elections in Bihar, the BJP has been promoting lies, false propaganda and communal tensions through its advertisements. This has resulted in vitiating the electoral process by promoting communal tension....
"As you will see from these ads, it is a shameless attempt at spreading false propaganda and creating communal tension by use of misuse of select words in ambiguous contexts that could be interpreted for multiple factions for inciting violence between the two communities," the delegation said in its memorandum.
Terming these ads as "blatant violation" of the provisions of the Representation of People Act, 1951 and several provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the delegation said, "The EC must demand a complete withdrawal of the advertisement and prosecution should be initiated against the perpetrators at the earliest."