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Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP asks poll panel to appoint special observers for Mosques in Delhi

The capital will vote on May 12. (Representational photo)

The Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party has asked the Chief Electoral officer of the matuional capital to appoint special observers for Mosques ahead of Lok Sabha elections. In a letter to the poll body, party’s legal department convener Neeraj cited alleged attempts by some Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders to polarise voters on religious lines.

The capital will vote on May 12.

According to The Indian Express, the letter states, “As is common knowledge, Kejriwal has in the recent past been in the centre of many controversies due to hate speeches he has been giving to incite the sentiments of minorities. He has been delivering many inflammatory and baseless statements to polarise votes, especially in Muslim-dominated areas,”, also giving links to his tweets and YouTube videos of his speeches in Badarpur and Jama Masjid.

“Other members of his party are also known to be regularly engaged in hate mongering. Amanatullah Khan recently made a speech stating that the Muslim community would not be able to vote in the 2019 elections due to the Holy month of Ramzan clashing with the poll schedule,” it reads.

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“Considering the above, we have strong and reasonable apprehensions that Kejriwal and members of his party will try to polarise the Muslim vote in the name of religion… Many a times such inflammatory speeches are known to be given near or inside mosques, where innocent members of the minority community gather to offer prayers, especially on Friday, which makes them a soft target for hate mongering speeches,” it states, adding that “this goes unnoticed as speeches are often delivered behind curtains in these holy places”.

“During the holy month of Ramzan, there is a high possibility of politics of religion being indulged in to provoke Muslims,” it states, adding that special observers should consequently be appointed for mosques.

AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj tod Indian Express: “We welcome any action by the EC to prevent communal discord. We believe that even in RSS shakhas communally charged discussions happen and observers should be posted there as well.”

When contacted, Delhi chief electoral officer Ranbir Singh said, “As per rules, our officials will be keeping an eye on political speeches being made from all religious places so the model code is not violated.”

Meanwhile, BJP on Saturday deliberated on finalising the names of candidates for Lok Sabha elections, particularly for constituencies where polling will be held in the first phase.

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The names were discussed at the party’s central election committee attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party Amit Shah.

Reportedly, the discussion was held on seats in Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and the seven northeastern states.

The Lok Sabha elections will begin from April 11 till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23.

Source: Financial Express