The chargesheeting of BJP president Amit Shah and the FIR against the party's star campaigner Yogi Adityanath by the UP police on the eve of crucial by-elections have again put the spotlight on hate speech.
The two BJP leaders were not the only ones to be recently booked for vitiating the political and communal atmosphere. Nor was the BJP or its saffron allies the only parties responsible.
A quick glance at the wall of shame shows that leaders from the Samajwadi party and Congress too are in the list. Most of the alleged hate speeches happened in Uttar Pradesh. And most of them happened during the bitter campaign for the 2014 general elections.Yogi Adityanath
“There have been 450 riots cases in west UP in two-and-a-half years of Samajwadi Party (SP) because the population of a particular community is rising manifold. Why are there no riots in eastern UP? You can easily understand,” he said during a recent rally in Noida.
Then defying a ban by the state government, Adityanath on Wednesday addressed an election meeting in which he accused the ruling Samajwadi party of following a communal agenda.Amit Shah
The UP police chargesheeted him on September 10 for his alleged speech.Pravin Togadia
Togadia's remarks that Muslims should be stopped from buying properties in Hindu-majority areas created a furore and invited sharp attacks from various political parties.Imran Masood
"If Modi tries to turn Pradesh into Gujarat, then we will chop him into tiny pieces... I am not scared of getting killed or attacking someone. I will fight against Modi. He thinks UP is Gujarat. Only 4% Muslims are there in Gujarat while there are 42% Muslims in UP," he said.
A video, that went viral on the web, showed Masood making the comments during an election rally in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh.Azam Khan
The remarks were made during a rally in Ghaziabad.
The SP leader had also indirectly called Modi a "dog" in reaction to the latter's "puppy remark". Khan also called Amit Shah a "goon", saying he had come to Uttar Pradesh to "create terror".Varun Gandhi
The BJP leader was alleged to have said at a party rally on March 6, 2009, "If anyone raises a finger towards Hindus or if someone thinks that Hindus are weak and leaderless, if someone thinks that these leaders lick our boots for votes, if anyone raises a finger towards Hindus, then I swear by the Gita that I will cut that hand."Akbaruddin Owaisi
The police registered four cases against Owaisi, the MLA of Chandrayangutta constituency in Hyderabad, on charges of promoting enmity between different groups and waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the government of India.Beni Prasad Verma
In another statement, he termed SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as "communal", and said he was involved in the conspiracy to demolish Babri Masjid.Giriraj Singh
Other leaders who have made hate speeches in the past include Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray for remarks against migrants from Bihar, Shiv Sena's Ramdas Kadam who said "Modi will destroy Pakistan in six months", and KPCC president G Parameshwara who said he was waiting for HD Deve Gowda to consume poison.