Sharply reacting to the statements of VHP leader Praveen Togadia and BJP leader Giriraj Singh, RJD President Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said these showed their “ugly faces” and if voted to power his party would ban RSS and BJP for “hate mongering”.

“If my party comes to power, RSS, BJP and all such oranisations will be banned. These organisations work to spread hatred. We’ll chase all these rioters out of India,” Mr. Prasad told reporters.

“Giriraj is not a leader at all. BJP is just a mask for RSS which is propagating communalism and fascism in India. When they are caught and criticised, they quickly retract their statements or start making excuses,” he said.

“God forbid if such forces come to power in India, they will put the entire country on fire which will engulf Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians. India will be destroyed,” he said.

Meanwhile, expressing happiness that the Election Commission has banned Giriraj Singh from campaigning, JD(U) state President Vashistha Narayan Singh said it would help protect communal harmony.

“The statements that Giriraj had made are harmful for the nation. He has divided the society into two. The EC took a correct decision in banning him,” he said.

While Giriraj Singh had said in a poll rally in Bihar on April 18 that Mr. Modi baiters would have to find a place in Pakistan, Mr. Togadia had denied an alleged anti-Muslim speech in Bhavnagar in Gujarat.