Elections are Forthcoming, Hate Speech too
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Elections are Forthcoming, Hate Speech too

Author: Thamanna Abdul Latheef calender  27 Apr 2018

Elections are Forthcoming, Hate Speech too

Elections are round the corner and politicians are involved in various campaigns all over the poll-bound states in the country. To gain power, these politicians in the country don’t even mind putting derogatory and venomous statements regarding religion, caste, class, gender etc. these aspects have become the gateways for them to polarize and evoke hatred among people. Consequently, this sort of divisiveness has been spreading among the people for years. Hindu v/s Muslims being the major card played by the political parties, Sanjay Patil, a lawmaker from the BJP, has come up with yet another controversial statement prior the election. 

What did Sanjay Patil say?

“This election is not about roads, water or other issues. This election is about Hindus vs Muslims, Ram Mandir vs Babri Masjid. Keeping a hand on my chest I say loudly, this is Bharat, this is the country of Hindus, and this is the country where (Lord) Ram was born. We are prepared to do anything to construct Ram mandir in Ayodhya,” said sanjay patil.  A video of his remarks subsequently went viral on social media and evoked criticism from many quarters.

 Apart from that, Patil also reportedly targeted Karnataka Mahila Congress chief Laxmi Hebbalkar, who is contesting the polls from the constituency by saying, “Let Laxmi Hebbalkar speak about constructing Ram mandir, you all vote for her, but she can’t say it, as she is among those who will construct a masjid, Babri masjid.”

As the tenure of the current Legislative Assembly expires on May 28, Karnataka will go to polls on May 12, and the results will be declared on May 15.

Why should these politicians have to throw hate speech every time? Rather than talking about the real-time issues, why do they prefer talking about those factors that are tearing this country apart? If BJP claims “development” is their agenda, why are they becoming the flag bearers of hate speech and divisiveness across the country? Why these “lawmakers” not addressing the real issues? Why roads, water and other issues don’t matter them? When did elections in India start to revolve around “Hindus and Muslims” and “Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid”?

It is their conscious attempt to take away people’s attention from the real-time issues for which these lawmakers are accountable.  Unite against their agenda of divide and rule and hold them accountable.

By: Thamanna Abdul Latheef C

thamanna@molitics.in

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