Trouble for JD(U) MP as case filed over ‘won’t work for Yadavs and Muslims’ remark | Latest News India

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By Mahtab Ahmad


He may have ‘retracted’ his statement on Yadav and Muslim communities of Bihar, yet Janata Dal (United)’s Lok Sabha member Devesh Chandra Thakur now faces a court case for ‘hurting sentiments of Kushwahas, Yadavs, and Muslims.’

Devesh Chandra Thakur Thakur won the Sitamarhi seat with a 51,000 margin over the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Arjun Rai (X/deveshMLCbihar)
Devesh Chandra Thakur Thakur won the Sitamarhi seat with a 51,000 margin over the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Arjun Rai (X/deveshMLCbihar)

The case was lodged by Dilip Kumar Kushwaha, a social worker, before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court in Muzaffarpur on Thursday.

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“The court has fixed July 2 as the date of hearing on our case. We have prayed that the accused MP be booked under IPC sections 501 and 505,” Hari Om Kumar, the counsel for Dilip Kushwaha, the complainant, told PTI.

The Sections 501 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code deal with the offences of defamation and creating enmity between communities, respectively.

What’s the controversy?

Thakur, a close aide of Bihar chief minister and JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar, was elected Member of Parliament from Sitamarhi in the recently-held Lok Sabha polls, defeating RJD’s Arjun Rai by over 51,000 votes. Days after the result, the senior politician, 70, targeted Muslims and Yadavs. He accused them of not voting for him and declared that as a result, he, too would not work for them.

Days later, he directed his anger towards the Kushwaha community, and said that they voted for the Rashtriya Janata Dal as it gave ticket to seven candidates from the community.

Who said what?

While RJD’s Misa Bharti sought to know what ‘message’ Thakur was trying to send with such a statement, Union minister Giriraj Singh, a leader of JD(U) ally BJP, backed the Sitamarhi MP-elect. Singh remarked that he could ‘empathise’ with Thakur as ‘Muslims have never voted for me since I first became an MP in 2014.’

Meanwhile, JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said Thakur was ‘well within his right’ to voice ‘anguish’ over the poll outcome in a constituency he had ‘nurtured for long.’

(With PTI inputs)



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