BJP leaders on a hate speech roll in Delhi: “Shaheen Bagh protesters will enter your house, rape your women”
West Delhi BJP MP has also said if the BJP wins in Delhi, the Shaheen protest will be cleared in a day and “within a month, we will not spare a single mosque built on government land." Other BJP leaders such as Anurag Thakur and Kapil Mishra too have made objectionable statements.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders seem to be eying a track record of making objectionable statements and hate speeches in this year’s Delhi assembly election. Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and now BJP MP Parvesh Verma have made such statements.
It all started with BJP leaders showing their indignation towards those protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the national capital. Union Home Minister and former BJP chief Amit Shah has made Shaheen Bagh one of the key electorate issues for the BJP. He has been appealing to Delhi residents to vote for the BJP so that they can get rid of the Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA road blockade.
The politics on Shaheen Bagh started taking an ugly turn from January 26. Shah had appealed to the voters to vote for the BJP with such a force that Shaheen Bagh feels the “current”.
On Monday, the BJP further escalated the political heat against the Shaheen Bagh protesters and against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
But West Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Verma has come up with a shocker this morning. Verma is not only instigating Delhi residents against Shaheen Bagh protesters but has also said that these protesters could barge into their houses and rape their women.
“They (Shaheen Bagh protesters) will enter your houses, pick your sisters and daughters, rape and kill them,” the West Delhi MP Verma told the news agency Asian News International (ANI).
Verma compared the situation in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh with that of Kashmir during the time of unrest. “During the unrest that had engulfed Kashmir years back, daughters of Kashmiri Pandits were raped. In the coming years, that fire kept on engulfing Uttar Pradesh, Hyderabad, Kerala. Today that fire has reached a corner of Delhi,” he said.
The BJP leader said that lakhs of protesters are assembling at Shaheen Bagh and that now “that fire could reach the houses” of Delhiwallahs.
“Tomorrow Modiji and Amit Shahji won’t come to save you. Delhi voters must wake up and realise there is still time to save themselves,” Verma said, suggesting that Delhi residents should vote for the BJP to keep their families safe.
“Within a month, we will not spare a single mosque built on government land," BJP MP Parvesh Verma
Verma’s comment is an ugly extension of the narrative being peddled by BJP leaders for the past few days. On Monday, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur had made an inflammatory speech during a public meeting at Rithala. Thakur made the public shout slogans of "Desh ke gaddaron ko”, followed by the crowd’s response "goli maaro s****n ko". This loosely translates to “Shoot down the traitors of India.” Later Thakur was joined by the Union Home Minister at the venue.
Earlier on Monday, while addressing an election meeting in Vikaspuri, Verma had said that if the BJP comes to power in Delhi, the Shaheen Bagh protest site will be cleared within an hour and “not a single person will be visible."
BJP leaders are now setting a trend of making hate speeches in this Delhi election. Earlier, BJP candidate Kapil Mishra had dubbed Delhi polls as an election between India and Pakistan. The election body had banned him from campaigning for two days over this statement.
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The BJP has been out of power in Delhi for the past 22 years. The Delhi assembly polls come right after the Jharkhand assembly polls where the saffron party had to face crushing defeat in hands of the Grand Alliance led by Hemant Soren and his party.
In 2015 Delhi assembly polls, despite a mammoth Narendra Modi wave, the BJP was wiped out. It was reduced to three seats. And the rookie Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had created history by winning 67 assembly seats.
In the run-up for 2020 assembly polls, the BJP’s campaign is looking lacklustre. It is yet to come up with a formidable manifesto to counter the incumbent AAP’s campaign. And the BJP decided to switch gears by setting their poll agenda on the CAA and Shaheen Bagh. The top BJP brass including Shah and newly appointed BJP chief JP Nadda have been making statements against the Shaheen Bagh protests. Their narrative has been Delhi (obviously those supporting the BJP) vs those supporting Shaheen Bagh protest.
On Monday, Delhi CM and AAP convenor, Kejriwal fell into the BJP's trap by responding to the Shaheen Bagh narrative. Kejriwal alleged the BJP intentionally doesn't want to clear the Shaheen Bagh road blockade. This gave ammunition to the BJP leaders and they further intensified their attack on the issue.
It is yet to be seen how the Delhi Election Commission reacts to these statements being made by the BJP leaders.