FIR against BJP's Satti for using expletive against Rahul Gandhi
Shimla: With the Election Commission (EC) cracking its whip against State BJP president Satpal Satti, Himachal Pradesh police on Tuesday registered FIR against him for making highly derogatory remarks against Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting on Sunday.
The issue had already revoked a massive criticism in the state generally known for dignified political discourse and gentle behaviour.
The development is likely to cast its shadow on the polls in the state, which still has more than a week's time for the electoral process and filing of nominations.
State Chief Electoral Officer Devesh Kumar told the Millennium Post that Baddi police, on his directions, have already registered an FIR against Satti under section 294 IPC. "Necessary action has also been initiative in the matter and a report has also been submitted to the EC," he said.
During an election rally at Nalagarh in Solan district, Satti, who is a three-time MLA, made obscene remarks against Rahul Gandhi over his 'chowkidar chor hai jibe' on PM Modi.
Though, Satti in a video, which had gone circular is heard quoting a comment made on the social media against Rahul Gandhi for calling Prime Minister "Chor", crossed the limits to repeat the slur at Rahul Gandhi though admitting that what was written on the Facebook was derogatory.
He claimed that one whose mother, brother-in-law (jija) and himself are on bail have no moral to call Prime Minister a thief. "If Rahul Gandhi can call the prime minister, who calls himself a Chowkidar (watchman), a thief then "I am also free to abuse him (Rahul Gandhi)".
The Congress was quick to protest against his remarks but Satti refused to tender apology saying he was simply quoting the Facebook remarks made by someone.
The Congress filed a complaint with the Election Commission and held state-wide protests demanding arrest of Satti, also removal from the BJP president's post by the party.
Meanwhile, the issue also got a serious twist as a Congressman Vinay Sharma, who was Deputy Advocate General during the earlier Congress government, posted his video clip on his Facebook wall announcing a reward of Rs 10 lakh for 'chopping off Satti's tongue '.
He also issued an open threat to Satti to deal with him if he did not tender an apology.
On a complaint filed by the BJP, the Election Commission, during the day, ordered Deputy Commissioner Kangra Sandeep Kumar to order police action against Vinay Sharma. The BJP has also lodged two complaints with the police in Kangra and Shimla districts against Sharma.