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Shazia Ilmi’s ‘communal Muslims’ remarks: Who said what

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AAP leader Shazia Ilmi courted controversy with her remarks that Muslims should become 'communal' for their own good when they vote. (PTI) AAP leader Shazia Ilmi courted controversy with her remarks that Muslims should become 'communal' for their own good when they vote. (PTI)

Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi 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, who came under fire from all corners, was the latest to join the political leaders who made the headlines with their ‘politically-incorrect’ remarks. While the Congress and the BJP slammed Ilmi, Arvind Kejriwal-headed AAP ticked Ilmi off and distanced itself from the controversial remarks.

Here is who said what on Ilmi’s ‘Muslim should be communal’ remarks:

Manish Sisodia, AAP: “I have seen the video, believe that Shazia should not have said that. We do not believe in this kind of politics. Our politics is to unite all Indians.”

Randeep Surejwala, Congress: “Shazia Ilmi, even in the past, had made a spoof of a senior person like Home Minister of India. Mr Kejriwal’s party, after all after his own admission party, is a party of anarchists”.

Nalin Kohli, BJP: “Aam Aadmi Party practices one thing, preaches another. With this video its clear they are also guilty of practicing communal politics.”

Maulana Khalid Rasheed: “Its a highly objectionable comment from Shazia Ilmi, attempt to communalize elections.”

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