Political discourse during this election campaign is slipping to a new low with each passing day. With electioneering at its peak, unsavoury political sparring and nasty remarks by the leaders have become the order of the day.
This time it was none other than Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi who has courted controversy with her remarks that Muslims should become “communal” for their own good when they vote this time.
In a video which surfaced on Tuesday, Ilmi said Muslims’ votes split as they were “too secular” and they “should become communal” and vote keeping in mind “our own interest”.
Ilmi is not alone to have made the headlines for his weird remarks. There are many we can thank for this.
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Ramdas Kadam: ‘Muslims molest our women policemen’
Shiv Sena MLC Ramdas Kadam was under EC scanner for making hate speeches in Mumbai and Kalyan. Kadam, who was speaking when Modi reached the stage at the rally held on Monday, said, “These Muslims riot against the police and burnt their vehicles. They vandalised the statues of our martyrs. These Muslims molest our women policemen…I am sure that Narendra Modi will ensure that such acts do not go unpunished.”
Kadam’s comments were in reference to the Azad Maidan riots in Mumbai in 2012. Kadam then went on to target Pakistan, saying, “Remember the days of 1993 blasts in Mumbai. Life of many Hindus was saved because of late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and Shiv Sena. Now, if Modi comes to power, he will destroy Pakistan in six months.”
Pravin Togadia: ‘Evict Muslims from Hindu areas’
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia during a protest in Bhavnagar targetted Muslims for buying properties in Hindu areas.
Joining a group of VHP members in a protest outside a house bought by a Muslim man, Togadia said in order to stop deals, one should take forcible possession of the house and evict muslims from Hindu areas. “If he does not relent, go with stones, tyres and tomatoes to his office. There is nothing wrong in it. Killers of Rajiv Gandhi have not been hanged … there is nothing to fear and the case will go on,” Togadia was quoted as saying.
Giriraj Singh: ‘Those who want to stop Modi will be in Pakistan’
Bihar BJP leader Giriraj 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. “Woh log Narendra Modi ko rokna chahate hain, woh Pakistan dekh rahe hain. Aane wale dino mein aise logon ke liye jagah Hindustan mein nahi, Jharkhand mein nahi, parantu Pakistan mein hoga, Pakistan mein hoga (Those who want to stop Narendra Modi are looking to Pakistan for support. In the coming days, there won’t be place for such people in India, in Jharkhand because their place will be in Pakistan, Pakistan),” Singh said.
Mulayam Singh Yadav: ‘Boys will be boys, they make mistakes…can’t be hanged for rape’
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav triggered a controversy when he said: “”boys will be boys, they make mistakes” while commenting on the death sentence of three men convicted of gang-raping two women in Mumbai last year.
Addressing a rally in Moradabad, the SP supremo opposed death sentence for rape accused, saying, “ladke, ladke hain… galti ho jati hai… Kya rape case mein phasi di jayegi? (boys will be boys… they commit mistakes…Will they be hanged for rape).”
Yadav’s comments sparked outrage from all corners with the National Commission for Women (NCW) sending a notice to him over his remarks.
Abu Azmi: ‘Women who go out with men should be hanged’
A day after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the rape accused should not be hanged, another SP leader Abu Azmi, who is a member of Maharashtra Assembly, said, women, who venture out with men should be hanged. “If a girl goes with her consent with him (boy friend) to a hotel and does not complain, then it is not an issue. But if the same girl goes with the boy to the hotel and no one knows what happens inside…and if the girl comes out and complains, she would be hanged,” Azmi said.
He also said that women should not go out with men other than relatives. “What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should be stopped,” he said.
Azam Khan: ‘Those who fought for Kargil victory were Muslim soldiers’
Azam Khan dragged the Kargil conflict into the ongoing high voltage Lok Sabha campaign, saying it was “Muslim soldiers” who fought for India’s victory in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan. “Those who fought for victory in Kargil were not Hindu soldiers, in fact the ones who fought for our victory were Muslim soldiers,” he said in a speech laced with communal overtones during an election rally in Ghaziabad on Tuesday night. Khan also went on to say that no one can guard the country’s borders better than those from the Muslim community. “Recruit us in the Indian Army. No one can guard the borders of our nation better than us,” he said.
Amit Shah: ‘Apman ka badla toh lena hoga’
BJP in-charge of poll campaign, Amit Shah triggered a controversy when during a meeting with Jat community leaders in Muzaffarnagar, he 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).” He repeated that while a man could live without food and water, “apmaan ka badla to lena hoga (an insult has to be avenged)”.
Sharad Pawar, ‘Modi should be treated in a mental hospital’
In a no-holds-barred attack on BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said Narendra Modi needs to be “treated in a mental hospital” for talking “rubbish”. At a rally in Ghanswangi in Maharashtra, the Maratha strongman said: “Modi must have deranged as he talks rubbish things and he is needed to be treated in a mental hospital.”