LS polls | BJP vs Opposition: Who’s to blame for politics of abuse?
The 2019 Lok Sabha elections witnessed an unprecedented lowering of political discourse. Multiple leaders, from across party lines, faced punitive action from the Election Commission for communal or objectionable remarks. The culprits included Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Pragya Thakur, among others. Hindustan Times’ National Political Editor Sunetra Choudhury, Congress’ Sulaiman Khan and BJP’s Swadesh Singh debate who’s to blame for the proliferation of politics of abuse in India.