Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam now faces a police case for his hate speech targeting the Muslim community during the Shiv Sena-BJP rally in Mumbai on Monday night.
The Mumbai Suburban Collector has lodged an FIR against him at the Bandra Kurla Complex police station on charges of promoting enmity between groups of people on the basis of caste and religion.
The FIR was registered on Tuesday night under section 153 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 123 and 125 of the Representation of Peoples Act. The collector has also sent his report on the speech to the Election Commission.
During his speech, former MLA Mr Kadam had referred to the rioting between the police and Muslim groups in Azad Maidan in 2012. “Five lakh Muslims had gathered at Azad Maidan. They attacked the police, burnt police vans, damaged the martyrs’ memorial and molested policewomen. When Narendra Modi comes to power, he will teach such people a lesson,” he said in Marathi.
The rally was attended by BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
The Shiv Sena has distanced itself from the speech. “These statements do not echo the sentiments of Bal Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray and the Shiv Sena. It is his personal view,” the party said in a statement.