In a statement issued on Wednesday the Election Commision ordered the removal of Union Minister Anurag Thakur and Member of Parliament Parvesh Verma from BJP’s list of star campaigners for Delhi Assembly elections over their controversial and communally sensitive remarks.
“Election Commission has ordered the removal of Sh. Anurag Thakur and Sh. Parvesh Sahib Singh from the list of star campaigners of Bhartiya Janta Party for the general elections to the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi with immediate effect and until further orders,” the statement issued by election commission read.
The Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur was seen encouraging people to raise the slogan ‘desh ke gaddaron ko’ in a video widely circulated on social media. Anurag Thakur was addressing the election meeting in support of BJP candidate from Rithala, Manish Chaudhary.
The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi on Tuesday had sought a report from the North West district’s election officer over Union Minister Anurag Thakur controversial slogan at an election meeting in Delhi’s North West District.
Whereas, Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, an MP from West Delhi, told in an interview to ANI , that “they (Shaheen Bagh protesters) will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters”.
“Lakhs of people gather there (Shaheen Bagh). People of Delhi will have to think and take a decision. They’ll enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters, and kill them. There’s time today, Modi ji and Amit Shah won’t come to save you tomorrow…”, the BJP MP had said.
Hitting out at the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party Verma had also accused them of siding with the protesters at Shaheen Bagh.
“Arvind Kejriwal says he is with Shaheen Bagh and so does Manish Sisodia. The people know that a fire engulfed Kashmir in which their mothers and sisters were raped. This happened in Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Hyderabad and is now happening in Delhi,” Verma added.