KC Mittal, the head of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) legal cell, said on Saturday that giving hateful and provocative speeches in Jat-dominated areas was completely wrong.
He asked the Election Commission (EC) to take stern action against the BJP and leaders who are vitiating the atmosphere ahead of the polls.
"They are spreading hatred and dividing people in the name of castes and religions. We have demanded for registration of FIR and local police should arrest him. There should be proceedings against them. It's really horrible to make such a statement in a charged atmosphere of Muzaffarnagar where communal violence has taken place recently and innocent people were brutally killed," Mittal said.
"It is unfortunate if you go and address the Jat-community in Jat-dominated areas of Uttar Pradesh in Muzaffarnagar along with Mr. Rana and, you make provocative and hate statements over there to provoke tension and communal feelings, and talk about taking revenge. Not only criminal cases should be filed against them, but the election commission (EC) should take a stern action against the BJP as well," Mittal added.
On Friday, after spending the previous night at a hotel just outside Muzaffarnagar, Amit Shah had met leaders of three communities — Gurjjars, Rajputs and Dalits — at a farmhouse in the town's Gandhi Colony. He apparently spoke of revenge.
"A man can live without food or sleep.
He can live when he's thirsty and hungry. But when he's insulted, he can't live. We must seek revenge for the insult heaped on us," he said.
He did the same thing a day before on Thursday while he met leaders of the Jat community at Raajhar village, 40 km from Muzzaffarnagar and delivered a similar vengeful remark.
"This election is about voting out the government that protects and gives compensation to those who killed Jats," Shah said. "It is about revenge and protecting honour." he said.