In­dia’s Modi calls for end to hate speeches

Daily Trust - - WORLD -

In­dia’s op­po­si­tion prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date, Naren­dra Modi, has urged his fel­low Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mem­bers and “well-wish­ers” to stop mak­ing hate speeches and provoca­tive com­ments.

Modi’s re­ac­tion has come af­ter two back-to-back speeches from party mem­ber Giri­raj Singh who said, “Modi’s crit­ics should go to Pak­istan”, fol­lowed by the Hindu rightwing Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad (VHP) leader Praveen To­ga­dia’s re­marks, in which he ex­horted sup­port­ers to bar Mus­lims from ac­quir­ing prop­er­ties in Hin­du­ma­jor­ity ar­eas.

“I dis­ap­prove any such ir­re­spon­si­ble state­ment & ap­peal to those mak­ing them to kindly re­frain from do­ing so [sic],” Modi, the BJP’s prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date said on Twit­ter yes­ter­day.

“Petty state­ments by those claim­ing to be BJP’s well­wish­ers are de­vi­at­ing the cam­paign from the is­sues of de­vel­op­ment & good gov­er­nance [sic],” he said.

Modi’s com­ments have, how­ever, drawn crit­i­cism too.

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