The Sangrur District Court has summoned Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge following a complaint by Hitesh Bhardwaj, president of an organization called "Bajrang Dal Hindustan".
New Delhi: A Punjab court has asked Congress party chief Mallikarjun Kharge to compare banned Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) with Sangh-affiliated Vishva Hindu Parishad’s youth wing Bajrang Dal. 100 crore has been summoned in the defamation case.
The Sangrur district court has summoned the Congress president following a complaint by Hitesh Bhardwaj, president of an organization called “Bajrang Dal Hindustan”. The petitioner stated that during the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly elections, the Congress in its manifesto compared the Bajrang Dal to “anti-national organizations like SIMI and Al-Qaeda”. Taking the name of Bajrang Dal, the Congress in its manifesto promised to ban organizations that promote “enmity or hatred between majority or minority communities”.
The Congress in its manifesto had said that “The Congress Party is committed to take firm and decisive action against individuals and organizations promoting hatred between communities on the basis of caste or religion. We believe that the law and the Constitution are sacred and Bajrang It cannot be violated by individuals and organizations like parties, PFI or the like.”
others promoting enmity or hatred, whether between the majority or minority communities,” the Congress manifesto, which is called ‘Sarva Janangada Shanti Thota’ (Peaceful Garden of All Communities).
However, after massive protests from BJP leaders, including public taunts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at election rallies, the Congress had to clarify its promise. PM Modi urged voters to chant ‘Jai Bajrangbali’ and punish those who “misuse the culture”.