Senior Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Raja Pateriya has courted controversy by calling for the assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in order to “protect the Constitution’.
Leaders of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have demanded Pateriya’s arrest after a video of his speech surfaced on social media.
“Be ready to kill Modi if you want to protect the Constitution,” Pateriya, a former state minister, told a gathering in Congress workers in Panna district. He made the remark at a meeting of Congress’ mandal presidents held at Powai Rest House.
In a clarification, the Congress leader later said that he called for ending PM Modi’s “political hegemony”.
“We are followers of Mahatma Gandhi. I did not mean to actually kill the prime minister. I called for an end to his political hegemony. The statement has been distorted manner by BJP supporters and leaders,” he said on Monday.
He further said: “What I meant to say was it is necessary to defeat him to save this country’s constitution. It is necessary to defeat Modi to protect minorities, Dalits and tribals and to remove unemployment. My intention has been misinterpreted.”
Reacting sharpy to the statement, Madhya Pradesh home minister and BJP leader Narottam Mishra has directed to the superintendent of police (SP) to register a First Information Report (FIR) against Pateriya.
An FIR has been registered against Raja Pateriya under IPC sections 451, 504, 505 (1)(b), 505 (1)(c), 506 and 153-B (1)(c) in Pawai Police Station in Panna district.
“It is expected of Congress that their national leaders use bad language against the prime minister. This is the reason that Congress is losing its relevance in the country. I have instructed the SP of Panna to register an FIR against Raja Pateriya with immediate effect,” Mishra said.
On Pateriya’s clarification, Mishra said: “It is not the Congress of Mahatma Gandhi’s time. That ended after the Independence. Today’s Congress belongs to Italy, and the leaders carry the mindset of Mussolini.”