New Delhi: Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi Saturday defended party member Imran Masood, arrested earlier in the day for threatening BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, and said removing him won't be a "wise" decision.
"I don't think it is wise to replace a candidate seven days before the election," said the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president.
Masood, whom the Congress has fielded from the Saharanpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested for his hate speech targeting Narendra Modi.
Joshi said there appears to be a conspiracy against Masood, who got into trouble after TV footage showed him saying he would "chop up" Modi.
She said the tapes of Masood's alleeged hate speech were 10 months old, and questioned the timing of their release.