Days after his statements about seeking “revenge” in Muzaffarnagar, two FIRs were filed against BJP general secretary Amit Shah in Shamli and Bijnor districts on Sunday on the basis of reports sent by the district magistrates to the Election Commission.
Confirming that cases have been lodged against Shah in Shamli and Bijnor for reportedly making objectionable speeches, State Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said the video clips of his statements are being examined.
Bijnor SP Anees Ahmed Ansari said Shah has been booked under IPC Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 125 of the Representation of the People Act.
Shamli SP Anil Kumar Rai said an FIR was lodged against Shah under Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act.
At a meeting with Jat community leaders in Muzaffarnagar on Thursday, Shah had said, “This election is about voting out the government that protects and gives compensation to those who killed Jats. It is about badla (revenge) and protecting izzat (honour).” On Friday, he repeated that while a man could live without food and water, apmaan ka badla to lena hoga (an insult has to be avenged).
In Delhi, the BJP rallied behind Shah and said the complaint was filed deliberately by the Uttar Pradesh government. “There are no cases against Beni Prasad Verma and Azam Khan for the statements they make,” said party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad. “US President Barack Obama had also said in his election campaign that voting is the best revenge,” he said.
He said the SP and Congress were trying to communalise the elections. The Congress and SP had lodged complaints with the EC objecting to Shah’s statements.