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BJP Criticizes Cong MLA Via ‘Muslim Atonement’ Video; Oppn party says clip has been tampered with

The Bharatiya Janata Party has accused the Gujarat Congress of “minority appeasement” after a video surfaced allegedly hearing an opposition party MLA claim that only Muslims can save the country and the Congress.

However, Congress claimed the video was three years old and had been tampered with.

A Congress spokesman said that Chandanji Thakor, the incumbent MLA from Siddhpur in Patan district and current candidate from the same seat, spoke at a campaign rally about Hindu-Muslim unity for the progress of the country at that time and this point was taken out. removed the clip.

Elections to the 182-member General Assembly in BJP-ruled Gujarat are scheduled for December 1-5.

In the video, Thakor reportedly said “we gave them (BJP) votes believing that they will do something new, but not just us, the whole country was cheated”.

“Only the Muslim community can save the country and the Congress Party,” Thakor was heard saying in the clip.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra came out against the National Register of Citizens (NRC), while leaders from none of the other 18 political parties supported Muslims, the MLA was heard to say.

Thakor was also heard saying in the clip that the BJP was trying to disturb the Muslim community in many ways, citing the ban on the practice of triple talaq, stopping grants for hajj and scholarships for Muslim youth.

Commenting on the video, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said in a tweet on Saturday night: “Shameful words! Fearing defeat, Congress is once again resorting to conciliation with minorities. can save from defeat!” The CM tagged Thakor’s video with the tweet.

Gujarat BJP President CR Paatil also posted the video on his Twitter handle saying, “The Congress, having forgotten its defeat, is playing the politics of religion. Such loose speech from Congress MLA should not be accepted in any way. Not even Congress can save Congress now. The defeat of the minority that placates Congress is certain.” However, Congress spokesman Manish Doshi, speaking to PTI, claimed the video was from 2019 and had been “tampered”.

Talking about the unity between Hindus and Muslims, Thakor had said that the country can only progress if the members of the two communities live together. This point has been removed from the clip,” Doshi said.

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