first_imgPolice have registered a case against Rajasthan Minister of State for Rural Development Dhan Singh Rawat for seeking votes in the name of religion. “All Hindus should unite to vote for the BJP,” Mr. Rawat had said at an election rally in Banswara district.The FIR has been registered under Section 125 (promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, on the complaint of Tehsildar Ram Singh lodged on behalf of the Returning Officer and District Magistrate of Banswara. The State Chief Electoral Officer earlier gave approval for lodging the case.At a public meeting in Banswara on Saturday, Mr. Rawat purportedly said: “If Muslims can vote en masse for Congress, then all Hindus should also unite and go with the BJP and make it win with a thumping majority.”Mr. Rawat, representing the reserved constituency of Banswara in the State Assembly, also said that the Congress was a “party of Muslims” and the BJP was a protector of India’s ‘Sanatan Sanskriti’ (eternal culture).Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar said Mr. Rawat’s remarks were prima facie found to be in violation of the model code of conduct in force for the upcoming Assembly election. The Returning Officer had earlier issued a notice to the Minister and sought his reply in three days. The case has been referred to CID-CB for investigation.While the ruling BJP has tried to play down the controversy, Pradesh Congress vice-president Archana Sharma said this was clearly an attempt to polarise the voters on religious lines. “The BJP leaders have been making such remarks with impunity to get political benefit without paying heed to the damage caused to the social structure,” she said.last_img

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