As the country slips into the second phase of voting for the Parliamentary elections of 2019, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has defended her 'Muslim threat' comment, even after the Election Commission imposed a campaigning ban over her communal call.
Ahead of filing her nomination from Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur on Thursday, Gandhi brazenly defying the allegations, called them 'wrong', moreover went on to stand by her statement saying, 'there is nothing wrong in saying that'
She said, "All these allegations are wrong. First of all it was within the party, and secondly there is nothing wrong in saying that we will look at every polling booth. After all every person contending does consider from where they would win and lose."
After SP's Azam Khan, BSP supremo Mayawati and chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Election Commission issued a notice to Union Minister Maneka Gandhi over her polarising speech, imposing a 2-day ban on Monday.
Over the violation of the Model Code of Conduct, the poll body has 'strongly condemned' the Union Minister for her communal statement and under the Article 324 has upheld her powers from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in the media (electronic, print of social media) for 48 hours from Tuesday 10 am.
In a contentious communal statement, BJP leader Maneka Gandhi had asked Muslim voters in her constituency of Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, to back her in the Lok Sabha elections saying that she won't help them if she doesn't get their support.
"I am winning for sure but if I win without the support of Muslims then I would feel really bad and when Muslims come to me for work then I feel there is no point of helping them as after all giving employment is a give-and-take and it is not that we are like Mahatma Gandhi as we continue to help them but don't win in the elections. Spread this message everywhere," she said.