The BJP accused Mohammad Mustafa, a principal strategic advisor to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, of making inflammatory remarks against a community at a public meeting in Malerkotla on Saturday.
Mustafa, the husband of state minister and Congress candidate Razia Sultana, has, however, categorically denied the charge.
Mustafa’s alleged video was shared on Twitter by BJP leaders Sambit Patra and Shazia Ilmi.
Subhash Sharma, general secretary of the Punjab BJP, stated that his party will file a complaint against Mustafa with the Election Commission of India, seeking the registration of a case against him.
Mustafa’s remarks were also condemned by Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha, who claimed that Congress was attempting to disrupt the atmosphere in the state ahead of the state assembly elections.
In a statement to the media, BJP national spokesperson Shazia Ilmi claimed that Mustafa used the term “Hindus” in his remarks.
Mustafa is the husband of Punjab cabinet minister Razia Sultana, who is running for the Malerkotla assembly seat for Congress. Malerkotla is a district in Punjab with a Muslim majority.
The video clip was played by the BJP at a press conference, and Mustafa could be heard saying at a public meeting at Malerkotla on January 20, “I swear by Allah that I will not allow them to hold any event.
“I am a ‘kaumi fauji (soldier of community). I am not a RSS agent who will hide in the house out of fear. If they again try to do such a thing, I swear by Allah I will thrash them in their homes.”
Mohammad Mustafa, on the other hand, denied using the term “Hindus,” claiming that he had only targeted Aam Aadmi Party workers after some of them allegedly chased him and attempted to manhandle him.
Mustafa stated that he went to a nearby event of some Congress workers and warned the AAP workers. When referring to Mustafa’s alleged remarks, BJP spokesperson Shazia Ilmi called it “a matter of great shame.”
He took an oath to the country’s constitution and served as the state’s DGP, she said. “Should he be allowed to say this during an election rally?” she wondered.
She claimed that it was clearly hate speech and that it was unconstitutional. Tarun Chugh, the BJP’s general secretary, took strong exception to Mustafa’s remarks and demanded that party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi clarify their position.
Mustafa, a Sidhu advisor, is allegedly attempting to incite communal hatred in Punjab. Congress leaders are making provocative statements in order to disrupt Punjab’s peace, and such statements are anti-Punjab, Punjabi, and Punjabiyat, according to AAP’s Chadha.