BJP’s candidate from Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur parliamentary constituency, Maneka Gandhi, has come under fire for allegedly threatening Muslim voters during an election meet. The video of Gandhi threatening Muslim voters has now gone viral on social media platforms.
In the video, Gandhi is seen addressing a group of Muslim voters with a threatening tone as she says, “I am winning with the help and love of people. But I wouldn’t like if my victory happens without the help of Muslims. I must tell you that then I feel bad. Then, when a Muslim comes to me for some work, I am inclined not to work (for Muslim). After all, jobs are also a deal. We are not the children of Mahatma Gandhi.”
She then went on to clarify her statement on Mahatma Gandhi further as she continued, “It’s not that we will only keep giving you but you will punish me in the elections. Is it true or not? I will win without you, I will win with your help too. This, you have to spread everywhere.”
Gandhi said that she would know whether Muslims had voted for her or not. She said, “When the results from your polling booth come and see only 50 or 100 votes in my favour, then I will also treat you in the same manner when you come to me for work (after I get elected).”
Maneka Gandhi’s comments have evoked strong criticism on social media.
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— Ravi Nair (@t_d_h_nair) April 12, 2019
From #AmitShah ji to Maneka Gandhi ma’am , muslims are being threatened openly by the BJP . Never before in the history of independent India & her elections has this happened and the #ElectionCommissionOfIndia continues to look away and NOT act.
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) April 12, 2019
WHOA!!! Just hear #ManekaGandhi talking to Muslims; it’s a shocker!!!! Worse, she says “you will need me, and I will have booth-wise details”. #BJP ko harana hamara zimmedari hain. They are threatening our fellow Indians for votes. @ECISVEEP ; Please take action ASAP! https://t.co/rGSCup0w55
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 12, 2019
In 2014, Maneka Gandhi had won from Pilibhit, while her son Varun Gandhi was elected from Sultanpur. However, this year, the BJP swapped their seats with Maneka contesting from Sultanpur and Varun being fielded from Pilibhit.