In a video posted on YouTube, Shazia Ilmi, the top leader of Arvind Kejriwal’s  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is seen pleading Muslim leaders,
“I’m saying Muslims are very secular. Muslims need to be communal.  A Muslim isn’t communal – doesn’t vote for his own.  Arvind Kejriwal is one of you. You are too …don’t be this secular. Look after your own homes (interests).”

On its Twitter account, Ms Ilmi’s party  clarified, “AAP does not believe in this kind of politics nor does it endorse it.”

Ms Ilmi said that her comments were “a play of words.”  She said, “I was making fun of this word ‘secularism’ which is used all the time. I said Muslims never think of themselves, they have become political
slaves to a party.”

The BJP is plannning to complain against Shazia Ilmi’s video and statement  to the Election Commission. “Shazia Ilmi must give an explanation,” said BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

In recent weeks, the national election is seeing that the politicians using religion to  convince the voters and making remarks designed to capture votes, with the powerful Election Commission reacting swiftly.

 Azam Khan, a minister in Uttar Pradesh, has been banned from campaigning after making a hate speech.

Similar action was taken against the BJP’s Amit Shah but his ban was lifted like last week  after an assurance that he would not make hate
comments .

In a video that came up  yesterday, Pravin Togadia, a top leader of the right-wing Hindu Vishwa Parishad or VHP,  was seen giving advice on how to prevent Muslims from buying property in Hindu’s areas in
Gujarat.

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