The Telegraph
Saturday , March 29 , 2014
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Rahul cancels rally after Congress candidate is arrested for hate speech

New Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi cancelled his scheduled rally in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday after party candidate Imran Masood was arrested for a controversial remark against Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate.

”Rahul Gandhi's rally is being postponed. The next date for it will be decided later on,” Pradeep Mathur, leader of the Congress legislature party, said.

Police arrested Masood for allegedly threatening to chop Modi “into pieces”.

A video footage of the election rally in Saharanpur, showing Masood making the controversial speech, had gone viral on the web.

The Congress candidate was seen in the video as saying that “If Modi tries to make Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat, then we will chop him into tiny pieces...I am not scared of getting killed or attacking someone. I will fight against Modi. He thinks UP is Gujarat. Only 4 per cent Muslims are there in Gujarat while there are 42 per cent Muslims in UP.”

The Congress had distanced itself from Masood's remark, saying it abjures violence whether of language or otherwise, while the BJP condemned it as inflammatory and dragged Congress President Sonia Gandhi into the controversy. The BJP also demanded strict action against Masood by the Election Commission.