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Union minister Anurag Thakur responds to allegation of ‘goli maaro’ slogan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 March 2020, 16:48 IST
Anurag Thakur

BJP leader Anurag Thakur on Sunday blamed reporters of lying when he was questioned whether or not he raised a provocative slogan in the time of election campaign for the Delhi assembly elections.

In response to the question Anurag Thakur asked what had he said.

As the reporter told him about the slogan, the Union Minister of state for finance relpied by saying , ‘You are lying’.

“The media should first improve their knowledge. I am not saying much as the matter is subjudice. That is why I say you should improve your knowledge. Half-baked knowledge is dangerous for anyone,” he said.

The minister was speaking at a press conference after a meeting with stakeholders from various trades and industries during an interactive session put in place by the income tax department.

The BJP leader had reportedly raised the slogan during an election campaign in Rithala as he lead people on a chant that said traitors would be shot. “desh ke gaddaron ko; goli maaro saalon ko”.

But he himself did not utter the second half of the slogan.

The Election Commission later handed a 72-hour ban on Anurag Thakur as it held that he had resorted to “undesirable and objectionable statements”, which had the capacity to “aggravate existing differences and create mutual hatred between different religious communities”.

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First published: 1 March 2020, 16:48 IST