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JP Nadda, Amit Malviya summoned by Karnataka police over controversial social media post

The development comes 2 days after an FIR was registered against BJP president JP Nadda, the party's IT cell head Amit Malviya and Karnataka unit chief B Y Vijayendra in connection with a social media post allegedly intimidating members of SC and ST community not to vote for a particular candidate.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Bengaluru Updated on: May 08, 2024 17:05 IST
BJP chief  JP Nadda and party IT cell head Amit Malviya
Image Source : PTI BJP chief JP Nadda and party IT cell head Amit Malviya

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda and party IT cell head Amit Malviya were summoned by Karnataka police over a controversial social media post on Wednesday. The Karnataka Police summoned BJP leaders before Bengaluru's High Grounds Police Station within seven days in connection with a tweet posted by BJP Karnataka allegedly against SC/ST community.

Earlier, the Karnataka police registered an FIR the party chief and IT cell head and Karnataka unit chief BY Vijayendra after a social media post published by BJP Karnataka's official X handle went viral. According to the reports, the controversial social media post allegedly intimidating members of SC and ST community not to vote for a particular candidate.

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) had lodged a complaint with the Election Commission and police on Sunday alleging violation of model code of conduct.

They were booked under the sections of Representation of People Act and section 505 (2) (Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) of the Indian Penal Code, a senior police officer said.

In the complaint, the KPCC cited a video uploaded on the social media platform 'X' by the official account of Karnataka State BJP which, it alleged, is operated by Malviya, on instructions of Nadda, Vijayendra and Social Media incharge - Karnataka BJP, on May 4.

"The said video posted on social media featured animated characters of (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi and (Chief Minister) Siddaramaiah. In the clip, the SC, ST and OBC community are portrayed as "eggs" in a nest and it also suggested Rahul Gandhi planting a big egg labelled as Muslim community. It is projected as though funds are being fed to the chick depicting the Muslim community, which then kicks out SC, ST and OBC communities," it alleged.

"The act of the accused person (s) is to wantonly provocate rioting and promote enmity between different religions and is prejudicial to maintenance of harmony apart from intimidating members of the SC/ST community not to vote for a particular candidate and causing enmity against members of SC/ST community," according to the complaint.

(With PTI inputs)

Also read: Karnataka: JDS leader HD Revanna, father of Prajwal Revanna, sent to judicial custody till May 14

 

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