Muslim League approaches EC against Yogi, BJP leaders

Muslim League approaches EC against Yogi, BJP leaders

As the BJP stepped up attack against it after Congress president Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad foray, the Indian Union Muslim League on Saturday approached the Election Commission seeking action against saffron party leaders, including Yogi Adityanath among others for their remarks against the party.

As the BJP stepped up attack against it after Congress president Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad foray, the Indian Union Muslim League on Saturday approached the Election Commission seeking action against saffron party leaders, including Yogi Adityanath among others for their remarks against the party.

Muslim League leaders Khorram A Omer and Harris Beeran met the Election Commission and handed over a memorandum seeking action against leaders of BJP and its allies for the disparaging remarks against their party after Gandhi filed nominations in Kerala's Wayanad.

A UPA ally, the Muslim League that has 18 MLAs in Kerala and two MPs has significant presence in Wayanad seat. BJP and its supporters were purportedly spreading photos of Muslim League's green flag as that of Pakistan and that the party was a successor of the All India Muslim League led by Mohd Ali Jinnah.

Adityanath had tweeted a couple of days ago, “Muslim League is a virus. If someone is affected by this virus, he cannot survive and today main Opposition party Congress is affected by it. Think, if they win what will happen? This virus will spread in the entire nation."

In its memorandum, the Muslim League said it is committed to the Constitutional values of secularism and democracy and it never indulged in the communal propaganda or anything detrimental to the integrity of the nation.

It said the Indian Union Muslim League was formed on 10 March 1948 after the tragic partition of India and its founder was Quaide-Millat Mohd Ismail Sahib, who was one of the members of the Constituent Assembly.

"BJP leaders are misleading people by referring to the IUML as All India Muslim League which was completely different party altogether and was dissolved as a political party after the partition of India...All India Muslim League is a party before independence Md.  Ali Jinnah was a member which now cease exists'," it said.

The memorandum demanded that action be taken against Adityanath, Union Minister Giriraj Singh, BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malavya, actress Koena Mitra and BJP supporter Shefali Vaidya for their social media comments that made "baseless, malicious, wrong allegations" against the party, which violated the Model Code of Conduct.

It has also sought an FIR against Adityanath and Akali Dal leader M S Sirsa on charges of igniting communal hatred.