New Delhi, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

BJP today slammed the Uttar Pradesh government on FIR against Amit Shah in Bijnor, saying that it was a ''deliberate move'' by the state government for vote bank politics.

Condemning the FIR against its leader Amit Shah, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, addressing a press conference here, said, ''The FIR against Amit Shah is a calculated design to communalise and polarise the poll scenario in Uttar Pradesh. Our party condemns it.''

''FIR against Amit Shah is not 'bonafide'. It is motivated by vote bank politics,'' Mr Prasad said.

Defending Amit Shah's comments, Mr Prasad said, ''If Mr Shah said 'use the election as an occasion to express your agony', then what wrong has he said?'' On the instruction of the Election Commission, Uttar Pradesh police in Bijnore today registered an FIR against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's aide Mr Shah for his controversial statement in a Jat meeting.

Earlier, UP Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Umesh Sinha had sent the CD of the controversial remarks by Mr Shah along with the report of District Election Officer to the Election Commission.

The CEO had yesterday taken cognizance of Mr Shah's statement and sought the CD along with a detailed report from the district authorities.

Congress has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against Mr Shah's alleged provocative speech that had sought to create animosity between communities. Leaders of other political parties too have demanded action against him.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)