WPI demands ban on speeches & election campaign of PM Modi

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India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI—Welfare Party of India (WPI) has demanded a ban on speeches and election campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his allegedly “objectionable and derogatory” speeches targeting Muslims in Banswara district of Rajasthan two days ago.

In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner of India, WPI national president Dr SQR Ilyas drew attention of the CEC about PM’s speech in which the latter allegedly used words and phrases like “infiltrator” and “a community with more number of children” aimed at Muslims accounting for about 200 million population in the country.

“This is nothing but a great insult to such a large community. It is also hateful and Islamophobic in nature,” the WPI complaint said.

“It is a shameful act by a person is the Prime of India. It is also a threat to the unity and integrity of our nation,” Dr. Ilyas said.

The complaint further said that “it is a serious violation of the Model Code of Conduct and provisions of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 by the Prime Minister.”

WPI chief appealed to the election body to take “a serious note of PM’s speech and impose a ban on his election speeches and campaign immediately.”

WPI’s Karnataka unit also sent a separate letter to CEC demanding a ban on speeches and political rallies of PM Modi. “During the rally (in Rajasthan), PM Modi made inflammatory and hate-filled remarks aimed at a particular community, which has the potential to incite violence and create a divide among the citizens of our country,” WPI Karnataka letter said.

Signed by Karnataka WPI secretary Mubeen Ahmed, the representation demanded appropriate action against PM Modi and the BJP for violating the Model Code of Conduct and promoting hate speech. WPI Karnataka unit also demanded cancellation of Modi’s nomination for elections to ensure free and fair elections.

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