Shaheen Bagh has become the adda of deshdroh: BJP’s Tajinder Pal Singh
Bagga, who is one of the youngest BJP candidates contesting the Delhi assembly polls, has been embroiled in controversy. Defending Minister of State Anurag Thakur’s provocative slogans, Bagga told Asiaville that it was not Thakur who raised those slogans
Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has defended his party over raking up Pakistan in election rallies and instead blamed the Aam Aadmi Party and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for doing it.
Speaking to Asiaville about his campaign and speeches being made during the election rallies, Bagga said: “Who brought Pakistan in this election? The Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal.”
Notably, when Union Minister Smriti Irani was campaigning for Bagga in Delhi’s Hari Nagar constituency, she raked up Pakistan to seek votes in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party. For the past 10 days, the BJP campaign has remained focused on the Citizenship Amendment Act, against Shaheen Bagh protestors, and on the emotive issue of nationalism. Several BJP leaders have brought Pakistan into their speeches, and yet Bagga believes that the AAP and Kejriwal are to be blamed for this.
“If Kejriwal says he stands with Shaheen Bagh – where people raise ‘Jinnah wali Azaadi’ slogans -- then naturally a befitting reply will be given (from our side as well),” said Bagga, one of the youngest candidates contesting the Delhi assembly elections this year.
Bagga is known for his controversial comments and actions. His claim to fame was allegedly attacking advocate Prashant Bhushan in 2011. Bagga and his Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena had such a strong objection to Bhushan’s stand on Kashmir that he decided to violently retaliate.
Since then, he has covered a long journey from being a fringe activist to a well-known right-wing Twitter influencer (accused of making objectionable comments against liberals) to becoming the BJP’s spokesperson. His journey is a classic example of “fringe becoming the mainstream” story.
Now Bagga’s electoral campaign is laced with hyper-nationalism. His vote appeal includes a long list of “achievements”. It mentions how he went down to West Bengal to challenge Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the Durga immersion row.
While interacting with Asiaville, Bagga said that Shaheen Bagh has become a den of anti-nationals – “deshdroh ka adda”.
“The crowd there has been brought in Rs 500 and biryani. They are raising slogans and posters against India and this cannot be tolerated in a democracy.”
Defending BJP leader Anurag Thakur’s hate speech, Bagga said that it was not Thakur who raised “Goli Maaro” slogans but the people who chanted these slogans.
However, he maintained that “we don’t support hate speech”. Watch the full conversation here: