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Hate speeches: Petty statements by those claiming to be BJP well wishers deviating poll campaign, says Modi

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Narendra Modi took to Twitter saying he disapproves irresponsible statements. (PTI) Narendra Modi took to Twitter saying he disapproves irresponsible statements. (PTI)

Amid raging controversy over statements by BJP leader Giriraj Singh and VHP leader Pravin Togadia, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP’s) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday broke his silence over the hate speeches and inflammatory remarks by the party leaders, saying he ‘disapproves such irresponsible statement and such remarks are deviating the poll campaign.’

Modi took to micro-blogging site Twitter and appealed to those making such statements to refrain from doing so.

VHP President Pravin Togadia had on Monday triggered a controversy with his alleged hate speech in which he is said that Muslims should be stopped from buying property in Hindu-majority areas.

Togadia was also quoted as saying that “…for protecting the Hindus, it is okay to put pressure on anyone. I have done this before and kept the possession of the house with me for a long time using the Bajrang Dal poster. The Muslim fellow lost the house and his money and we should have it in us to take the law in our hands in an area we are in majority”.

Recently, BJP leader Giriraj Singh had come under fire over his controversial remarks that those opposing Narendra Modi should
go to Pakistan. Singh, who is also the party candidate from Nawada, was in the middle of political storm after he said “those who want to stop” BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will soon have “no place in India… because their place will be in Pakistan”.

Singh made these remarks at an election rally in Deoghar, Jharkhand on Friday last in the presence of former BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Godda MP Nishikant Dubey.

Following his statement, the Election Commission ordered filing of case against him.

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