BJP complains to EC over Kamal Nath video, alleges ‘communal politics’
The party also accused him of hatching a “criminal conspiracy against free and fair polls” in the state, as it in its complaint to the EC referred to a purported video in which Kamal Nath is allegedly asking a group of Muslims to ensure that the Congress gets 90 per cent of votes in their booths.Updated: Nov 21, 2018 23:40 IST
Accusing Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath of seeking votes on religious grounds, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to take action against him.
The party also accused him of hatching a “criminal conspiracy against free and fair polls”. In its complaint, the BJP referred to a video in which Kamal Nath is allegedly asking a group of Muslims to ensure that the Congress gets 90% of votes in their booths.
BJP vice-president Prabhat Jha who was among those who met the Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Election Officer with the complaint. Jha added that he would also lodge a report with the police asking them to arrest Nath.
Congress spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta defended Kamal Nath’s statement. “He was addressing Muslims so he asked them to vote in large numbers. What is wrong in that?... If the BJP is accusing us of minority appeasement, why did Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit a masjid in Indore, and why are they talking about developing madarsas...”
The state Chief Election Officer V Kantharao said he has received the complaint against Kamal Nath. “We have made a report and sent it to Election Commission of India,” he added