A delegation from the BJP approached the Election Commission on Friday (April 28), urging them to take legal action against Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and prevent him from campaigning in the Karnataka Assembly polls following his derogatory remarks calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “poisonous snake”.
Union minister Bhupender Yadav, who led the BJP delegation, told reporters that Kharge’s comment was not merely a slip of the tongue but part of the Congress “hate politics”.
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BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh said Kharge is a “habitual offender”.
Yadav said the Congress has a history of launching personal attacks on Modi.
The BJP has demanded registration of an FIR under IPC Sections 499 and 500, which deal with defamation, and Section 504, which deals with the offence of deliberate insults and provocation.
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The delegation also included BJP chief spokesperson Anil Baluni and party leader Om Pathak.
Addressing a campaign rally for the May 10 Karnataka assembly polls, Kharge likened Modi to a poisonous snake. As a row erupted, he later sought to clarify that his remarks were not aimed at the prime minister but at the ruling BJP.
(With agency inputs)