A political slugfest erupted over BJP chief Amit Shah’s remarks that “there will be fireworks in Pakistan if his party loses in Bihar” with the Congress and the Janata Dal (United) approaching the Election Commission on Friday, demanding that he should be barred from entering the state for “inciting communal tension” till the elections are over.
The two parties – which along with the Rashtriya Janata Dal are the constituents of the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in Bihar – also demanded that an FIR be registered against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged quota remarks.
“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,” said JD(U) leader KC Tyagi, who was part of the delegation that met chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi to submit a memorandum.
The delegation also included Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Addressing an election rally in Raxaul on Thursday, Shah had said that there will be bursting of fire crackers in Pakistan if his party loses the assembly elections. “Do you want the return of Jungle Raaj-2? If by any mistake BJP loses, victory and defeat may be in Bihar but fire crackers will go off in Pakistan. Do you want crackers being burst in Pakistan?” he said.
Demanding strict action from the EC, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury attributed Shah’s remarks to “extreme desperation and frustration” on the part of the BJP even as he predicted “Delhi-like” debacle for the NDA in Bihar polls.
“But politically what is this government doing? The BJP president and his Saheb (Modi)...I mean between the two of them, they are patronising all communal forces and in fact leading the campaign of communal polarisation,” he said.
A delegation of CPI leaders, comprising party general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy and national secretary D Raja, also lodged an official complaint with the EC, urging the poll body to take immediate action against him.