Member of Parliament from the National Congress Party, Majeed Memon has lashed out at BJP candidate Sonali Singh Phogat on Tuesday for her contentious remark while campaigning for the Haryana elections. Sonali Singh Phogat, a TikTok sensation from the state of Haryana has recently been fielded by the BJP from Adampur constituency against Kuldeep Bishnoi of Congress. During her speech, Phogat chanted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'. On receiving a dull response from the crowd, she yelled at the crowd and questioned, 'Are you all Pakistanis?' These remarks of Phogat left Memon infuriated and he said that there is no need to involve Pakistan in this as this is part of our local elections in India.
"Why do they always invoke Pakistan? What has Pakistan to do with us? This is our local election in India, be it Harayana or Maharashtra. Voters would exercise their franchise on the basis of performance, on the basis of parties. Where is the question of Pakistan being involved?."
Sonali Phogat further lashed out at the crowd and said, "It is shameful that such kinds of Indians also exist, who play such kind of politics that they can't even shout praise for their own country. A person who cannot say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' should be ashamed."
Agitated by her comments, Memon termed her campaign remark as a corrupt practice of campaigning as this could lead to division in the society. He further asserted the election commission to take action against this as this is 'gross violation'.
"The election observers (the election staff, the election commission agent) should take action against this and she should be reprimanded or she could be disqualified for seeking votes on such issues. This is corrupt practice according to me. And according to the law and the rules of campaigning, this is gross violation and therefore such a person should be barred from contesting further. Let's hope that the election commission wakes up because this is encouraging all kinds of division in society. She must apologise for her comment."
As the deadline for the withdrawal of nomination ends, a total number of 1,168 are set to contest for the upcoming assembly elections in Haryana scheduled to be held on October 21. The last date for withdrawal of nomination by the candidates was October 7. Joint Chief Electoral Officer Dr Inder Jeet stated on Monday that, "A total number of 1,168 candidates will contest on 90 assembly seats in the Haryana Assembly elections.