Two FIRs have been registered against Congress leader and Senior Advocate Salman Khurshid, the latest one under Sections 153A, 171G and 298 of the IPC and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 in Farrukhabad District of Uttar Pradesh, from where he is contesting elections on a Congress ticket. The second FIR was registered on a complaint by Anoop Mishra, the personal secretary of Farrukhabad’s Member of Parliament Mukesh Rajput.

Salman Khurshid had said in public rally last week, “In relation, I’m Yogi’s ‘baap’ [father]. Yogi is also a useless son who stole gaumata [mother cow] fodder. Lord Krishna only stole butter, but Yogi stole her food. If he wants to talk on Batla, he must come to a gaushala [cowshed] and have conversation with me so that it becomes clear whether the cow is with him or me.

The complainant has told the TOI that “Just for the sake of votes, Salman Khurshid attempted to flare-up communal tension between two religious communities by insulting Yogi Adityanath, who is not only chief minister of the state, but also a sant [saint].” 

This is not the first time that Salman Khurshid has made communally coloured remarks. During the 2012 UP assembly election campaign Salman Khurshid, who was then the Union Law Minister was served with a notice by the Election Commission for announcing a 9% quota for minorities in state service, in the event of Congress coming to power in the state. In April, 2018 he had remarked while speaking at the AMU that his party Congress’s hands are stained with “Muslim blood”.  In June, 2018 he hadjustified Digvijay Singh’s ‘Hindu terrorism’ comment.

During the 2014 Loksabha election, Salman Khurshid had called Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, ‘impotent‘.  In 2015, Salman Khurshid had praised Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif while lashing out at PM Modi in a lecture delivered at the Jinnah Institute in Islamabad. In 2016, he had courted controversy by saying that the Prime Minister has no right to speak about Balochistan.

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