Union minister Amit Shah today said statements like “goli maaro” and “Indo-Pak match” should not have been made by BJP leaders ahead of the Delhi elections, reported news agency Press Trust of India. Though the party had distanced itself from such remarks, it may have suffered in the elections because of hate statements made by party leaders, he said.
“My assessment on Delhi elections went wrong,” he added while speaking at the Times Now Summit 2020.
Many on social media pointed out that the BJP has not taken action against any of the leaders who crossed the line.
The BJP performance in the Delhi elections has fallen far short of expectation.
Despite a massive campaign involving most of its 270 parliamentarians, 70 union ministers and state leaders, the party just marginally increased its tally — up from three seats to eight seats. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, which had steered clear of controversies, scooped up the rest — a whopping 62 of the 70 assembly seats.
AAP and other opposition parties saw the results as a rejection of the BJP strategy by the people.
A number of BJP leaders, including Union Minister Anurag Thakur, had mentioned Shaheen Bagh – the epicentre of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act — in hate speeches.
In a widely circulated video, the minister was seen egging on a crowd to chant slogans that roughly translates to “shoot down the traitors who betray the country”. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP’s star campaigner Yogi Adityanath had openly approved the use of bullets to deal with dissenters.
Party MP Parvesh Verma had said: “Lakhs of people gather there (Shaheen Bagh). They will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters, kill them. There’s time today… Modi-ji and Amit Shah won’t come to save you tomorrow”.