Senior M.P. Congress leader’s ‘kill Modi...’ remark creates furore; booked

The Madhya Pradesh Congress, meanwhile, has distanced itself from the comments made by the former Minister

Updated - December 12, 2022 07:12 pm IST

Published - December 12, 2022 01:13 pm IST - Bhopal

The Madhya Pradesh Government has ordered the registration of a First Information Report against the Congress leader and former State minister Raja Pateria over the objectional remark against PM Modi.

The Madhya Pradesh Government has ordered the registration of a First Information Report against the Congress leader and former State minister Raja Pateria over the objectional remark against PM Modi. | Photo Credit: Twitter/@vdsharmabjp

A controversy erupted on Monday after a video emerged in which senior Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Raja Pateria is purportedly calling for “killing Prime Minister Narendra Modi” to “save the Constitution” at a gathering in Panna, Madhya Pradesh. 

An FIR has been filed against Mr. Pateria for his statement. He clarified that by “killing” he meant “defeating”. His statement also drew sharp criticism from the ruling BJP with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan calling such a statement “the epitome of rancour and hatred”. The Madhya Pradesh Congress, meanwhile, has distanced itself from the comments made by the former Minister. 

“Modi will divide [people] on the basis of religion, caste and language. The lives of Dalits, tribals and minorities are in danger, if the Constitution has to be saved then be ready to kill Modi, killing in the sense that defeat him,” Mr. Pateria can be heard saying, while addressing a meeting at Pawai.

In a video that surfaced on social media on Monday, December 12, 2022 morning, Mr. Pateria can be heard telling Congress workers, "be ready to kill Modi. Kill in the sense of defeating him".

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As soon as the video went viral, the Madhya Pradesh BJP and the State Government swung into action. “The reality of those pretending to be on the Bharat Jodo Yatra is coming to the fore. Honourable Prime Minister Shri @narendramodiji resides in the heart of the public. He is the centre of the whole country’s faith. Congress people are unable to compete with him in the field, that is why they are talking about killing him,” Mr. Chouhan said in a Hindi tweet.

Meanwhile, alleging that the Congress was no longer [Mahatma] Gandhi’s Congress and had instead become “Italy’s Congress” that was “carrying forward the ideology of Fascism and [Italy’s wartime dictator Benito] Mussolini”, State Home Minister Narottam Mishra ordered an FIR. 

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"An FIR is being registered against him [Mr. Pateria] and the law will take its course," he said.

After the video surfaced, Mr. Mishra told reporters Mr. Pateria's statement against the Prime Minister is very objectionable and he was immediately directing the superintendent of police to register an FIR against the Congress leader.

Earlier, State BJP chief V.D. Sharma shared the video clip of Mr. Pateria and demanded an inquiry wondering if there is a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister.

When asked for the Congress’ official line on the purported statement made by Mr. Pateria, Congress leader and former Union Minister Suresh Pachauri said that while he was not aware of the details. “Whatever has been reported in the media, if true, is condemnable and there was no place for violence in the Congress,” he said.

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