Launching the BJP’s campaign in Delhi, Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti told voters here on Monday that they must choose between ‘Ramzadon’ (those born of Ram) and ‘haramzadon’ (illegitimately born). Meanwhile, another Union Minister of State, Giriraj Singh, compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ram.
Addressing a rally in West Delhi’s Shyam Nagar area, Jyoti, the BJP MP from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, said, “Aapko tay karna hai ki Dilli mein sarkar Ramzadon ki banegi ya haramzadon ki. Yeh aapka faisla hai (You must decide whether you want a government of those born of Ram or of those born illegitimately).”
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Taking a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son-in-law Robert Vadra, she said: “Jis sadharan parivar mein…bartanon ki dukaan rakhne wala…uska beta, Sonia Gandhi ka damaad, arab-kharab pati kaise ho gaya? Gareebon ko loota hai, gareebo ko choosa hai. Modiji kehte rahe hai, na khayenge na khane denge. (The son of an ordinary family, who had a utensils shop… Sonia nor will we tolerate it).”
Addressing another rally in Dhirpur, Giriraj Singh told the BJP cadres that Modi was their “saviour”. “Do you know Hanuman? We are all Hanuman. Hanuman told Ram that he has no identity of his own. Hum Modi ke bhakt hain purey desh mein. (We are all followers of Modi.) People wanted to know the reason for my victory in Lok Sabha. I told them it is only Narendra Modi,” he said.
Comparing AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to Maarich (a mythical character who could disguise himself), Singh said: “We used to have Ramlilas in our village. A youth once demanded that he should be given a chance to play Hanuman’s role. He had no experience. When he went on stage and Raavan pulled out his sword, he ran away from the stage… Kejriwal wohi nakli Hanuman hai… Kejriwal un Rakshasho mein bhi Maarich hai, jo vesh badalta hai par kabhi na kabhi pakda jata hai… (Kejriwal is that fake Hanuman, he is the demon who changes shape but will get caught one day),” said Singh.
In the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, Singh had courted controversy when he said that there was no place in India for those who were opposed to Modi, and they should go to Pakistan.
Reacting sharply to Jyoti’s comments, former Delhi Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said, “The BJP clearly wants to vitiate the atmosphere. Comments like these from senior ministers show that their concept of elections is divisive and based on hooliganism.”
Former Congress minister Haroon Yusuf said, “This is what the BJP has been doing in Delhi for the past few months. They have been trying to polarise Delhi on the basis of religion, this is what they did in Trilokpuri and Bawana. This politics of religious polarisation is very dangerous and spreads hatred. But Delhi won’t accept this.”
Six BJP MPs from across the country fanned out in the national capital on Monday to kick off the party’s campaign for the upcoming assembly elections.