Several users came down heavily on the Twitter handle, terming the post “anti-Muslim”. (Photo Credit: Twitter/BJP Karnataka)
Delhi Eleections: The official Twitter handle of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Karnataka unit on Saturday was slammed by users on the micro-blogging site after it tried to take a dig at Muslim women by sharing a video in which they can be seen standing in a queue outside a polling booth. While sharing the video, which seems to be of one of the polling booths in Delhi, the BJP Karnataka gave a caption: "Kaagaz Nahi Dikayenge Hum" ! ! ! “Keep the documents safe, you will need to show them again during NPR (National Population Register) exercise".
Soon, several users came down heavily on the Twitter handle, terming the post “anti-Muslim”.
“Don't delete this tweet coward. This is a direct threat to Indian Muslims from the offical handle of ruling party. Save this tweet & let world know why Indians are on roads against NPR/CAA and NRC. THESE NAZI'S are DESTROYING the Country!” Congress leader Salman Nizami hit back on Twitter.
Don't delete this tweet coward. This is a direct threat to Indian Muslims from the offical handle of ruling party. Save this tweet & let world know why Indians are on roads against NPR/CAA and NRC. THESE NAZI'S are DESTROYING the Country! https://t.co/0oKEK1Jhdf— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) February 8, 2020
"So the official tweeter handle of BJP Karnataka is giving threats to one community. What more evidence do you need of their evil intentions?” another user tweeted.
So the official tweeter handle of BJP Karnataka is giving threats to one community. What more evidence do you need of their evil intentions? https://t.co/4QfR2dekwN— Preeti Kashyap (@Preeti_Kashyp) February 8, 2020
Here’s how others reacted:
BJP Karnataka threatening muslim women. https://t.co/XBn1YZVjdR— Arun PS (@policychettan) February 8, 2020
Official BJP Karnataka twitter handle have posted video, see the screenshot of which below mocking #muslimah voters in Delhi today, by endorsing the arrival of much rejected #NPR (took the screenshot as the tweet may get delete). @asadowaisi @aimim_national @UNinIndia pic.twitter.com/KfhP3wxYTW— Syed Shams (@StrategistShams) February 8, 2020
The NPR is a register of usual residents of the country. It is being prepared at the local (village/sub-town), subdistrict, district, state and national level under provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.
A usual resident is defined, for the purposes of the NPR, as a person who has resided in a local area for the past six months or more, or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next six months. The law compulsorily seeks to register every citizen of India and issue a national identity card.
The NPR exercise will be carried out between April and September 2020 in all states and UTs, except Assam, along with the house listing phase of the census exercise. Assam has been excluded because the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise has already been conducted in the state.
Voting for the Delhi Assembly election began at 8 am on Saturday. The polling was smooth and police maintained a strict vigil in sensitive areas. Delhi Police personnel, along with paramilitary force, conducted flag marches in sensitive areas of northeast Delhi, Shahdara and east Delhi.
Over 1.47 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the polls that will decide the fate of 672 candidates in 70 assembly constituencies which are seeing a triangular contest among the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), opposition BJP and the Congress.
In the 2015 assembly elections, the national capital had recorded a voter turnout of 67.08 per cent. Of the 11 districts, northeast recorded highest 50.75 per cent of voting, while New Delhi recorded 40.63 per cent, the lowest. There were long queues outside some polling booths in areas dominated by minorities such as Jaffrabad, Shaheen Bagh, Seelampur and Jamia Nagar.
(With PTI inputs)