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Shazia Ilmi’s ‘communal’ comment
Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi landed in a controversy April 22 after a video of
her asking Muslims to be communal went viral on the Internet.
‘Muslims are very secular. Muslims ought to be more communal. (They) do not vote for
their own. (AAPleader)Arvind Kejriwal is your own. I say, it is enough of secularism,’
Ilmi, who contested the Lok Sabha seat from Ghaziabad earlier in the month, was seen
saying in the video.
Ilmi later clarified, ‘Communal ‘means of the community’ not in a
hateful manner. What I was telling them is not to be a political slave
to a party. Not to live in fear. It was more of a sarcastic comment, play
Ajit Pawar’s ‘threat’
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar allegedly threatened
voters, April 14, at a village during an election rally that they would
lose their water supply if they did not vote for his cousin Supriya Sule
who is contesting for the Baramati constituency in the state.
Pawar denied that he had made the statement and accused the
Opposition of spreading false rumors.
Modi critics must go to Pakistan: BJP leader
Ramdas Kadam spews venom
A first information report was registered against Shiv Sena leader
Ramdas Kadam for allegedly giving an inflammatory speech during a
political rally in Mumbai April 21.
Kadam had allegedly targeted the minority community over the
1993 Mumbai riots and said while the Pakistanis beheaded Indian soldiers, the Indian prime minister did nothing. But if Narendra Modi
became the prime minister he would destroy Pakistan in six months.
Togadia’s hate speech
Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia was allegedly
caught on camera exhorting supporters in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, not to allow Muslims to
buy property in Hindu areas, prompting the Election Commission to seek a copy of the
Togadia denied making the hate speech and said he was misinterpreted.
Narendra Modi tweeted, ‘Petty statements by those claiming to be BJP’s well wishers
are deviating the campaign from the issues of development & good governance...I disap-
prove any such irresponsible statement.’
United we stand
In a show of unity the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi shared the stage with Telugu Desam
Party’s Nara Chandrababu Naidu and movie star-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan at a rally in Hyderabad last week.
Gone was the rancor that had marked relations between the BJP and the TDP over the seat-sharing exercise in Seema-Andhra,
and the two leaders spoke about the National Democratic Alliance’s prospects in Andhra Pradesh.
Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate
Narendra Modi, center, greets movie star Pawan
Kalyan. Telugu Desam party Chief Nara
Chandrababu Naidu, is at left.
Row over remarks
Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi, right, with broom, on the campaign trail in Guwahati, April 22. U TPAL BARUAH/REU TERS
May 2, 2014