A Court in Punjab has summoned Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge in a Rs 100-crore defamation case for comparing the banned Islamic outfit Popular Front of India with the Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the RSS-affiliated Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The Sangrur district court has summoned Kharge on a complaint filed by Hitesh Bhardwaj, president of an organisation called Bajrang Dal Hindustan. The petitioner told the court that during the Karnataka assembly elections, the Congress in its manifesto had compared Bajrang Dal to “anti-national organisations like SIMI and Al-Qaeda”. After which this summons has been sent.
Without naming the Bajrang Dal, the Congress in its manifesto had promised to ban organisations that promote “enmity or hatred between majority or minority communities”. “The Congress party is committed to taking firm and decisive action against individuals and organisations spreading hatred between communities on the basis of caste or religion. We believe that the law and the Constitution are sacrosanct and cannot be violated by individuals and organisations like Bajrang Dal, PFI or the like. “
However, after massive protests from BJP leaders, the Congress had to clarify its promise. PM Modi had also urged voters to chant ‘Jai Bajrangbali’ and punish those who “misuse the culture”. However, the BJP lost the election here.
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