Friday, March 1, 2024

Gujarat: Congress’s ex-MP Virji Thummar booked for criticism against PM Modi

Congress leader and former MP Virji Thummar has been charged by Gujarat police following a complaint from a local BJP leader in Amreli district, accusing him of making “objectionable” comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During a public meeting on Friday evening at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Amreli, Thummar claimed that PM Modi was showing favoritism toward select big business houses.

Following a complaint by Mehul Dhorajiya, general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Amreli district unit, Thummar has been booked by Amreli town police under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 499 (criminal defamation), 500 (punishment for defamation), and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) on Saturday.

In his complaint, Dhorajiya said words used by the Congress politician for the Prime Minister were defamatory and could lead to a breach of peace.

Following Congress leader’s criticisms, BJP leaders burnt effigies of Thummar in Amreli on Saturday even as Dhorajiya filed a complaint.

Meanwhile, Thummar also lodged a police complaint, saying Amreli BJP MP Naran Kachhadiya, BJP MLAs, and local leaders defamed him by burning his effigies and making “insulting” comments about him.

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