Thursday, June 1, 2023

Sidhu’s principal adviser threatens Hindus: Anyone, hate speech?

Razia, her husband Mustafa and Sidhu

Mohammad Mustafa is a former Punjab Director General of Police and a principal strategic adviser to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. His wife Razia Sultana is contesting on a Congress ticket from Malerkotla in Punjab. Mustafa is in news for in a speech on Thursday he is seen threatening Hindus with dire consequences. 

“Swear to Allah, I am a soldier of my community…I will not allow them to organise any event…Or I swear on Allah I will enter their houses and beat them up. I am not fighting for votes but for my community…I will create such an environment that it will be difficult for them to control,” Mustafa is heard saying.

Sharing the purported video, BJP’s national spokesperson Shazia Ilmi accused Sidhu’s aide of trying to incite violence and disturb communal harmony by giving provocative statements ahead of the Punjab assembly polls. She has asked the Election Commission (EC) not to allow Razia to contest elections. 

Mustafa was appointed as his principal strategic adviser by Sidhu last August. He had refused to be appointed as one of Sidhu’s four advisers. Following which the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee issued a statement: 

“Mohd Mustafa is hereby appointed as the principal strategic advisor to the PPCC president, the undersigned, Navjot Singh Sidhu with immediate effect.”

“He would act as a PCC coordinator with the AICC on issues pertaining to his domain and any other matters that the president may deem fit,” it added.

“Love to be associated with Razia Ji and Mustafa sahib,” Sidhu said in a tweet.

Malerkotla is an assembly constituency in Punjab. The Muslim-dominated district has 3.24 lakh voters. In 2017, this constituency was won by Razia Sultana of the Indian National Congress. She had defeated Mohammad Owais from Shiromani Akali Dal with a margin of 12,702 votes.

The 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections will be held in Punjab in a single phase on February 20 to elect the 117 members of the 16th Assembly of the Punjab Legislative Assembly and the results will be announced on March 10.

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