BJP leaders on Sunday filed a case against Madhya Pradesh Congress Media Department Head Piyush Babele and IT Head Abhay Tiwari over the alleged ‘pro-Pakistani’ slogans uttered during Bharat Jodo Yatra in Madhya Pradesh.
The complaint filed with the Crime Branch by state spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi of the party and state co-media, Narendra Shivaji Patel, states that Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Kamal Nath and the entire congressional party of Congress are anti – national activities in the country under the guise of Bharat Jodo Yatra. The BJP leaders claimed that slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ were levied in the yatra to disturb the peace in the country.
Earlier on Friday, lawyer Ankit Mishra, a Chhattisgarh Congress official, registered an FIR at Civil Line Police Station, Raipur against Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Lokesh Parashar for sharing an alleged video of ‘pro-Pakistani’ slogans uttered during Madhya Pradesh’ leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Ankit Mishra claimed in his report that the said video is manipulated and hurts people’s feelings, to Lokendra Parashar, the head of the media cell of Bharatiya Janata party of Madhya Pradesh unit.
Lokendra Parashar, BJP Media Incharge in Madhya Pradesh tweeted an alleged video on November 25, of alleged pro-Pakistani slogans thrown during Madhya Pradesh’s leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra, from his official handle.
“Lawyer Ankit Mishra, belonging to the legal department of the Congress, filed a report with Civil Lines police station alleging that a video was tweeted during Madhya Pradesh’s leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra. A case has been registered under IPC 153-A , 120-B, and other relevant sections,” said Virendra Chaturvedi, Civil Line CSP.
“This has hurt people’s feelings,” he quoted the complainant as saying.
Earlier on November 26, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chanted alleged participants in the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh.
A controversy erupted after BJP state president VD Sharma and other party leaders posted an alleged video of the yatra on social media claiming that “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were brought up at the rally.
However, the Congress Party denied the allegations, calling it a conspiracy by the BJP to discredit Rahul Gandhi.
However, Congress Party leader Dhananjay Thakur claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party is spreading fake news as the party feared due to the public backlash Bharat Jodo Yatra receives.
“Bharat Jodo Yatra has reached Madhya Pradesh where it has good support from the public. Fearing this, the BJP, whose habit is to create sensationalism by making fake videos and telling lies, had circulated a fabricated video against which an FIR housed in Chhattisgarh,” Dhananjay Thakur told ANI.
The Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo entered Madhya Pradesh on 23 November on the 77th day of the Padyatra.
Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started on September 7 from Kanyakumari, will cover another distance of 2,355 km in its 3,570 km march. It ends next year in Kashmir. It is the longest march on foot by an Indian politician in India’s history, the Congress previously claimed in a statement. Bharat Jodo Yatra is receiving support from various political parties and civil society organizations across the country and the response is increasing day by day.
In particular, all MPs, leaders and workers of the party along with Rahul Gandhi are staying in containers. Sleeping beds, toilets and air conditioners have also been placed in some of the containers. The arrangements are made keeping in mind the intense heat and humidity with the change of place. The Congress suffered a debacle in the assembly polls earlier this year and the Yatra is seen as an attempt to rally the party’s base for the upcoming election battle.
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