New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Election Commission has asked for a report from Union Minister Anurag Thakur, after he was purportedly caught on camera urging the crowd to chant ‘goli maaro’ -- or shoot down traitors -- during his election rally in Delhi on Monday.  

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Anurag Thakur was on Monday campaigning in Delhi for the BJP candidate, Manish Chaudhary, from Rithala in North West Delhi. During his rally, the union minister was seen, in a widely-shared video, saying ‘desh ke gaddaron ko…’, to which the crowd responds and said ‘goli maaro sa****n ko’, which translates into (‘shoot down the traitors who betray the country’).

All India Mahila Congress has shared the video on their official Twitter page.

Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister of State for Finance, was seen prompting the crowd and clapping his hands when the crowd shouted the controversial slogan continuously. Several BJP leaders were present at the time. Later, Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the same rally.

Responding on the controversial video, a defiant Anurag Thakur, as quoted by news agency ANI, said, “First you should watch the entire video... Then you should see the mood of the people of Delhi”.

According to ANI reports, the Election Commission officials said that the video of Anurag Thakur’s speech is being examined and necessary action will be taken. The constituency's Returning Officer has also sought a report from Anurag Thakur, reported ANI.

"We have taken cognisance of the incident and have sought a report from the district election officer. However, we have not received any complaint so far," a senior official in the Delhi CEO Office said.

The slogan has been largely used against those protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and has been heard at rallies held in support of the law by BJP leaders and supporters. BJP candidate from Model Town, Kapil Mishra, was also heard chanting the same slogan during a march in support of the controversial law.

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The ‘desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro sa****n ko’ slogan was also heard during the attack on students and faculty of Jawaharlal Nehru University on January 5, in which around 34 teachers and students were injured.

The Delhi election results will be declared on February 11, three days after people vote for the 70-member assembly.

Posted By: Talib Khan