Accusing the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of trying to polarise the voters on religious lines, BJP has sought Election commission to deploy special observers at mosques to restrict religious polarisation before the elections.
“We are bound to write you this complaint due to recent repeated attempts to polarise voters on religious lines by the convener of the AAP, Arvind Kejriwal, and his party members,” alleged Delhi BJP’s legal department convener Neeraj in the letter written to ECI.
The complaint alleged that Kejriwal, was asking minority people to beware of vote split between the AAP and the Congress. Such a split could benefit BJP. The AAP chief allegedly exhorted people to vote for his party to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha polls. A video had also surfaced where Kejriwal and another AAP leader were seen asking Muslims to not ‘waste’ their votes on Congress and instead provide AAP with the 12 per cent Muslim vote in Delhi to defeat BJP.
“He has been giving baseless statements to polarise the voters in Muslim dominated areas,” Neeraj said, adding that ECI should appoint special observers to prevent political and religious leaders spreading “hate” to influence elections.
This is not the first occasion in recent times when AAP has been accused of polarising the minority community on religious lines for electoral gains. Previously, former AAP leader Ashutosh had stoked controversy by asking Muslims to hide their religious symbols as a “strategy to defeat the enemy”. He claimed “visible” participation of Muslims in large numbers in a roadshow” in Varanasi became the cause for defeat of Arvind Kejriwal in 2014 Lok Sabha.