Jaipur, 5 April-2014(PTI/IBN): As political temperature rises, the statements by the leaders are hitting a new low every day. The war of words after Congress candidate from Saharanpur Imran Masood threatened to chop BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi into pieces has now seen Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje joining the fray. She not only slammed Masood over his threat to kill Modi but also warned the Congress that the hate speech will result in a severe backlash after the polls.
Vasundhara Raje said, “A Congress candidate in Saharanpur had said that he will cut Modi into pieces. Let the elections get over and then we shall see who will be cut into pieces.”
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A BJP leader and Unnao candidate Sakshi Maharaj, a key figure during the Babri Masjid demolition movement, attacked Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bhukhari who has declared support for the Congress. Sakshi Maharaj has called the Imam an agent of Pakistan.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had met Shahi Imami and reportedly appealed to Muslims that they should not let their votes split in Lok Sabha elections.
Another Congress leader Khurshid Ahmed called Modi a ruffian. While addressing a gathering in Rajpipla, the Congress Minority Cell President said, “There is a ‘lafanga’ (ruffian) in Gujarat who wants to become the prime minister of India. A man who speaks of killing and hurting others, such a ‘tapori’ (lout) can’t become the prime minister.”
Masood, who was arrested for hate speech in which he allegedly threatened to “chop” Narendra Modi “into pieces”, was granted bail after defence argued that he was wrongly charged under sections for hurting religious sentiments.
Masood, who was sent to jail for 14 days after a video footage of a rally in Saharanpur showed him attacking Modi had gone viral on the web, was granted bail by additional district judge Chaturth Chavanprakash in Saharanpur on two bonds of Rs 50,000 each with a warning not to make such remarks.
A defiant Masood is now campaigning hard for the sympathy vote after spending five days in jail.
A few days ago, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has called Modi a dog’s relative. “Modi is the brother of a dog’s son (kutte ke bachche ka bada bhai). We don’t want his or Rajnath Singh’s regrets,” Azam had said.