BJP MLA from Thana Bhawan Suresh Rana, on Sunday, while addressing a meeting in Shamli's Thana Bhawan on Sunday, said if he wins, then the Muslim-dominated areas of Uttar Pradesh will witness curfew.
"If I win, curfew will be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad," he said.
The video went viral soon after.
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In the video, he says, “Yadi maidan maar liya to Kairana, Deoband, Moradabad mein curfew lag jayega mitron…. ki Suresh Rana phir jeet ke aa gaya… isliye keh raha ki March 11 ka din hoga… Bharat Mata ki Jai ka naara lagate hue Shamli se Thana Bhawan tak juloos niklega (If Suresh Rana wins the polls again, curfew will be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad. 11 March will be the date and a procession will move from Shamli to Thana Bhawan with slogans of Bharat Mata ki Jai).” Rana, also the UP BJP vice-president, is named in cases related to the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 and is also the party’s candidate from the Thana Bhawan seat in the forthcoming elections. He later went on to clarify his statement, "Due to the fear of hooligans, extortion, the people migrated from western Uttar Pradesh. There is no village or town where migration did not take place due to these reasons. So, I meant to say that if the BJP comes to power in UP then these goons, extortionists will migrate and not the innocents," Rana told ANI.
Kairana made headlines last year after BJP MP Hukum Singh alleged exodus of Hindus by releasing a list of more than 300 Hindu families who had reportedly fled the town following repeated extortion threats and violent attacks.
Singh had alleged that the ruling Samajwadi Party was preventing action against anti-social elements responsible for the exodus since they happened to be its supporters.
Hitting out at Rana, SP leader Juhi Singh said, "What does he want to do by imposing a curfew, he does not seem educated even to know when a curfew is imposed".
"One list was brought out by Hukum Singh, which was wrong. They are just telling wrong things to people so that they don't ask them the important questions like what schemes have you brought for Kairana, for UP," she said.
BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi sought to distance from the MLA's remarks saying "the party is not responsible if a candidate says something".
"Modi ji and Amit Shah are saying that such statements should not be made. I don't know in what context he (Rana) has said it but I understand that our party is contesting the UP elections on the development plank," Joshi said.
Thana Bhawan circle officer Sunil Kumar Tyagi said that police has started a investigation in this connection and have sought the video footage of the gathering where Rana made the remarks on Saturday.
Rana has also been booked for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct after he held a public gathering and took out a road show at Hathi Karonda village in his constituency of Shamli district yesterday without the permission of the authorities, police said.
Reacting to the statement, Samajwadi Party leader Rajendra Chaudhary warned that BJP leaders must remain in their boundaries.
BJP leaders must stay in their limits, else, democracy has the power to defeat them: Rajendra Chaudhary, SP on Sanjeev Balyan & Suresh Rana pic.twitter.com/7cJRLfkOT8 — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 30, 2017
Updated Date: Jan 30, 2017 14:02 PM