BJP President, Amit Shah’s comments that if BJP lost Bihar ‘Diwali will be celebrated in Pakistan’ has evoked sharp reactions from his political rivals and social media users.
Addressing an election rally in Bihar, Shah had said, ” If BJP loses Bihar elections even by chance, though victory or defeat will happen in Patna, firecrackers would be burst in Pakistan.”
Janata Dal United on Thursday criticised Shah’ remarks adding that this was an attempt to “communalise” elections as the saffron party was “sensing” defeat.
The party has also decided to lodge an official complaint before the Election Commission on the matter and other related issues tomorrow when other leaders of the Grand Alliance will join their move.
Party leader Sharad Yadav said, “With these remarks Shah has accepted that BJP has lost the assembly polls in the state.They were bound to lose in Bihar, which has a strong socialist base. Sensing defeat, he is now trying to polarise Hindus in the name of Pakistan. It is a highly irresponsible remark. “Will you fight elections in a state invoking your relations with some other country? This shows the BJP can go to any extent to win elections.”
The RJD chief, Lalu Yadav said Shah had insulted the people of Bihar.
He said, “Amit Shah has insulted the people of Bihar by saying Grand Alliance’s victory will lead to celebrations in Pakistan.”
JDU general secretary KC Tyagi and Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala are likely to meet Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi over the issue tomorrow.
“After provocative speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and provocative newspaper advertisements and photos by BJP chief Amit Shah, this is the latest attempt from their side to communalise the Bihar polls in remaining last two phases,” Tyagi was quoted by the PTI.
Social media users too erupted in anger as Shah’s quotes hit the headlines.
#ShahInsultsBihar has been a top twitter trend for several hours.
Activist and Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawalla said;
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) October 29, 2015
User @AMadumoole wrote;
Forget Pakistan, if BJP loses, crackers will be first burst in the backyard of many of BJP's disgruntled leaders. #ShahInsultsBihar
— Abdulla Madumoole (@AMadumoole) October 29, 2015
User @HumorMinistry said;
User @tshamsi88 said;
— Shamsida Tayab Adv. (@tshamsi88) October 29, 2015
User @_nandamhatre wrote;
#ShahInsultsBihar अमित शाहजी क्या हार कि जिम्म्दारी लेने कोई नेता नही मिला?पाकिस्तान से उधार ले रहे हो BJP मे कोई जिम्मेदारी लेनेवाला नही?
— Nanda #WithRG (@_nandamhatre) October 29, 2015