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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Atishi counters ex-MLA’s claims over her religion

“I belong to a Punjabi Hindu family, and despite knowing it, former Congress MLA Asif Khan is lying about me and dubbing me as a Jew,” she said in a press conference on Sunday.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 12:10 IST
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Countering Khan, Atishi sought an explanation from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.(HT Photo)

AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi on Sunday responded to the controversy surrounding her caste, saying she belongs to a Hindu Punjabi family and is not a Jew as claimed by former Congress legislator Asif Khan.

“I belong to a Punjabi Hindu family, and despite knowing it, former Congress MLA Asif Khan is lying about me and dubbing me as a Jew,” she said in a press conference on Sunday.

Khan, who, in a message on social media, has been allegedly dubbing Atishi as a Jew and asking Muslims not to vote for her. “Hindu-Muslim-Sikh Issai (Christian) Bhai Bhai but not a Yahudi. A Jew has no place in India,” he is heard, purportedly saying in a video.

Khan is also reported to have told a poll campaign meeting in East Delhi that Jews have no place in India and the people have to send this message to every household. “You may vote AAP, you may cast your vote for broom. But if you vote for a Jew, I will mind it,” he is reported to have said.

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Countering Khan, Atishi sought an explanation from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

“I have three questions to ask from Rahul Gandhi who talks of fraternity. Does he agree with this statement? Will he apologise to me? What action will he take against Asif Mohammad Khan?” she asked.

Asked about his stand on Atishi Marlena, Khan on Sunday said, “It is my understanding that she is a Jew and this information is making rounds on social media.”

Coming to Atishi’s defence, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia warned both the BJP and Congress to beware of her, saying “she is a Rajputani”.

“I am sad that the BJP and Congress together are spreading lies about the religion of our East Delhi candidate,” said Sisodia in a tweet.

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“The BJP and Congress men! Be aware that her full name is Atishi Singh. She is a Rajputani. A hardcore Kshatrani... the Queen of Jhansi. Beware! She will win and create history too,” Sisodia added in his tweet.

Atishi began facing diatribes allegedly involving her religion after she restored her surname Marlena in her affidavit and nomination paper to the Election Commission.

She had dropped her surname last year, fearing its misuse by political opponents.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 12:07 IST

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