Saharanpur, Mar 29 IBNS | 9 months ago

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday disapproved Saharanpur Congress candidate Imran Masood's hate speech against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"Few months ago, the candidate who is standing from here used harsh words for the opposition candidate.It is not our tradition..No matter what the opposition says about us, we always respond respectfully. We cannot not use harsh words," Gandhi said while addressing a rally here.

The Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested candidate Imran Masood for his hate speech against Modi.

Masood was arrested on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday from Saharanpur.

On Friday, Masood, on Friday defended his remarks and said there is no need for apology.

"There is no need to apologize. The video that is being circulated is 8-month-old. I was with Samajwadi Party then," said Masood.

"All I meant by the remark that I will teach Modi a lesson by beating him in the elections. However, if people think I must apologize, then I am ready to do so only if Modi apologizes for the 2002 riots," he said.

Earlier a video was circulated in the media which showed the Congress candidate threatening to chop Modi into pieces.

Addressing a gathering, Masood was seen saying: "This is Uttar Pradesh, not Gujarat. Here we have 22pc Muslim population, while there are only 4pc Muslims in Gujarat. We will give a fitting reply to him this election. We will cut him into pieces."

Meanwhile, after the video of his speech surfaced in the media, the Election Commission has sought more details into the incident.

Pertinently, Modi will be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

(Posted on 30-03-2014)

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