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FIR against Modi aide Amit Shah for ‘badla’ speech in Muzaffarnagar
An FIR has been lodged in Bijnore against BJP prime minister nominee Narendra Modi’s aide Amit Shah for an alleged “badla” (revenge) remark he made in riot-affected Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh.
Bijnore district authorities booked Shah, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Uttar Pradesh in-charge, for allegedly inciting the public through his “revenge” remark, the PTI reported.
On Thursday, Shah had allegedly exhorted Jats in Muzaffarnagar to use the elections as an opportunity to seek “revenge” for the riots that erupted in September last year.
The BJP had defended Shah on Saturday even as the Congress demanded his arrest. The BJP said he had talked of taking revenge on the Congress and his statement was not against any particular community.
The FIR came even as election authorities in UP sent a CD of Shah’s controversial remarks along with the report of the district election officer to the Election Commission.
Sources said the chief electoral officer of UP had taken cognisance of Shah’s statement and had sought the CD along with a detailed report from the district authorities.
The EC is likely to take a call on the issue in its meeting tomorrow, the sources said.
Shah’s speech came under attack from different parties, which accused him of vitiating the atmosphere in the region, which witnessed one of the worst communal riots between Hindus and Muslims in September last year.
The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas left 61 dead and forced more than 50,000 flee their homes.