Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 | EC serves notice to Anurag Thakur over 'goli maaro' slogan at poll rally
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Election Commission on Tuesday served notice to Union Minister Anurag Thakur for raising an incendiary slogan at an election rally in Delhi that "traitors should be shot", after he lashed out at anti-CAA protestors.
The poll panel has found him to be in violation of the Model Code of Conduct and Thakur has been given time till 12 pm on January 30 to reply.
The Election Commission has also asked for a response by BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma who had announced that protesters on a sit-in against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh will be cleared in an hour if the BJP comes to power in Delhi, lacing his comments with a sensational accusation: "They will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters".
At the rally, Singh, the minister of state for finance, shouted "desh ke gaddaron ko" to which the crowd responded "goli maro sa*** ko" (shoot down the traitors).
In the video of the rally that went viral, Thakir didn't actually said the controversial part but egged on participants and clapped his hands as he got the response.
The Congress had today asked the Election Commission to take note of Thakur's provocative slogans.
Slamming Thakur, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. asked, "Will the Election Commission of India wake up from its slumber".
Noting that the minister had exhorted people to respond with goli maaro" slogans, he asked, "Will it not amount to inciting and encouraging violence against a section of the people?"
"As every day passes, the rhetoric of the BJPreminds one of Germany in the 1930s," Chidambaram tweeted.
The Delhi Election Commission took cognizance of alleged breach of moral code of conduct by Thakur submitted its report to the Election Commission of India.
The controversial slogan has been raised by some junior BJP leaders of late, including Kapil Mishra, but this is the first time a party functionary of the level of a Union minister has participated in it.
Singh is also heard telling the crowd to raising the slogan in such a high voice that Giriraj Singh, a firebrand Hindutva leader and a Union minister, can hear it.
The BJP's Rithala candidate is seen as a protegee of Giriraj Singh.
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