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“Post results, we will bury Modi and Yogi in the ground with sacks of salt”: Ajay Rai, Congress candidate from Varanasi

“Keep the sacks of salt ready. On 7 March, we will bury Modi and Yogi in the ground along with those..that is the best use of the salt (which the government claims to be giving),” were the words of the Congress candidate from Varanasi during a campaign rally for the upcoming UP state elections.

The campaign meeting where Rai, a 5-time MLA, issued the menacing death threat was held at Rajetara village in the Pindra assembly constituency area of Varanasi district on January 31. Rai has since been booked by police for hate speech, sedition, violation of the model code of conduct and Covid-19 protocols.

These comments came when Rai was referring to the UP government’s scheme to provide salt and cooking oil along with free grains. People can be heard cheering and clapping after he issues the threat and explains “best use of the salt”. Moreover, none of the attendees of the meeting, which included several children, are seen wearing face masks or adhering to social distancing.

As if the left-liberal mainstream media’s wont, almost all media outlets made light of these unacceptable and dangerous comments. Most English media reports we checked did not report the exact threat made by Rai, with most referring to “alleged objectionable comments” and dissimulating as if the UP administration and police is taking excessive action against BJP’s political opponents.

Sample these headlines and articles –

Indian Express (IE) headline makes it appear as if BJP is on a spree of filing sedition cases, no matter that both cases where sedition charges have been applied are serious and prima-facie deserving of it as per law. The second case the IE article refers to is an FIR lodged against SP-RLD candidate from Bijnor, Dr. Neeraj Chaudhary, whose supporters raised ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans during a rally by Chaudhary. The article states that the “well-respected” doctor has denied the allegation. The IE correspondent Manish Sahu probably forgot that the law doesn’t work based on perception of journalists and supporters about a candidate being “well-respected”, but based on available evidence. IE tries to hint at a dark conspiracy by reporting that both cases have been filed based on complaints by police.

IndiaToday headline puts “hate speech” in scare quotes, to imply that there is doubt whether Rai actually delivered hate speech or not. There is clear video evidence of what Rai said and an FIR lodged after preliminarly investigation, yet IT wants readers to believe that there is doubt over the entire case. But Aroon Purie’s hordes have no such compunctions in calling the Haridwar Dharam Sansad case one of “hate speech”

Times of India (TOI) headline labels Ajay Rai’s words a “slur”, as if he just used some cuss words. The Congress candidate has threatened to murder and bury two major constitutional authorities – and for our largest-selling English-language newspaper, that classifies as merely a slur! However, when you read the TOI article, you find how serious the issue really is –

“District election officer Kaushal Raj Sharma said, “A case of provocative speech by Rai had come to light after which explanation was sought from him. The returning officer was asked to probe into the matter. After the RO submitted his probe report, an FIR was lodged against Rai under sections 269 (act done unlawfully or negligently which is likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life), 124A (sedition), 153 (provocation for offence of rioting), 153A (promoting enmity or feeling of hatred), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of IPC and section 125 (promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of the Representation of The People Act.” The FIR has been lodged on the complaint of a police sub-inspector, who was in four-member fact-finding team.”

Clearly, the case has been lodged after proper probe by both police and election officials. Yet, our media is dismissing it as if its just routine electoral rhetoric.

Is it any wonder that the threat to the PM’s security during his recent Punjab visit was mocked and dismissed by the same Lutyens’ liberals? Is it any wonder that the WB post-poll pogrom has been buried by our MSM and elites, with no justice as yet for the suffering Hindus of Bengal?

After such a massive blow to democratic norms as one witnessed under Mamata’s fascist assault, one would expect our elites, who claim to be guardians of our democracy, to take any threats of post-election violence seriously. But then you would be wrong, and you would be under-estimating the visceral Hindu hatred that our elites hold and which translates as contempt for RSS-BJP.

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