Kapil Mishra was reacting after the AAP complained against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to the Election Commission. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Kapil Mishra, BJP’s Model Town candidate for Assembly elections, kicked up a massive political storm with his provocative tweet against the ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Monday. Mishra took to Twitter to target the ruling AAP saying that the party should be ‘renamed as the Muslim League’. The apparent reference to Pakistan was unmissable. In the tweet, Mishra said that, “The new name of the Aam Aadmi Party should be Muslim League. Umar Khalid, Afzal Guru, Burhan Wani... and those who consider terrorists as their father are afraid of Yogi Adityanath." Mishra was reacting after the AAP complained against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to the Election Commission. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is among the BJP’s star campaigner in poll-bound Delhi. Yogi Adityanath’s ‘goli-boli’ remark has already created lots of controversy.
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This is not the first time that Mishra has triggered a political row with his communal tweets. In fact, he was forced to withdraw form campaigning after the Election Commission slapped 48-hour ban against him for a tweet where he had equated elections in Delhi with contest between India and Pakistan.
“On 8th February there will be a contest between India and Pakistan on the streets of Delhi,” the BJP's candidate from Model Town had said in the tweet. In a series of provocative tweets, he also said Pakistani rioters have taken over the streets of Delhi. "No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic," the notice read.
However, after stringent action by the poll panel, the post was taken down by Twitter.
In his reply to the poll panel, Mishra had claimed that anti-India slogans were raised at Shaheen Bagh protests to ‘disturb the communal harmony.’ Mishra went on to say that even religious symbols were being ‘disrespected’ during the protests at Shaheen Bagh. The BJP leader said that he was merely responding to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’a pro-Shaheen Bagh statement.
He claimed that Sisodia’s statement is a ‘blatant attempt to derive political mileage from a prevailing law and order situation on religious lines.’ Linking Pakistan with the Shaheen Bagh protests, Mishra claimed that there was a possibility that ‘rogue elements from across the border’ were present in the protests to ‘destabilise our nation.’