A video that surfaced on social media on Monday (January 27) purportedly showed Union minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur leading the crowd at a BJP rally to chant “shoot the traitor”, a slogan frequently used against anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protesters.
“Desh ke gaddaro ko, goli maro s***o ko (shoot the traitors of the nation),” the minister was heard saying in the video, which was reportedly shot during an election rally in the national capital. The slogan has been raised multiple times by BJP leaders during pro-CAA rallies.
Reports suggest BJP leader Kapil Mishra had also raised the slogan during a rally in support of the legislation last month in Delhi’s Connaught Place. He was later given a ticket from Model Town constituency for the February 8 assembly elections.
The slogan was also reportedly raised during a rally in Nagpur addressed by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and during the January 5 violence on the campus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.