Shotgun Misfires On Jinnah, Then Retracts

Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday took a U-turn on his Muhammad Ali Jinnah statement, saying that the remark was a “slip of tongue” from his side.

Speaking to ANI, Sinha said he wanted to take Maulana Azad’s name but instead, uttered the name of Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The actor-turned-politician’s clarification came after he courted controversy for saying that “from Mahatma Gandhi to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, all are part of Congress Parivar.”

“Whatever I said yesterday was slip of tongue. I wanted to say Maulana Azad but uttered Muhammad Ali Jinnah,” he claimed.

Sinha, who recently left BJP and joined Congress, lauded Muhammad Ali Jinnah along with Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, and Jawaharlal Nehru, saying they all had a role to play for India’s independence.

“Ye Congress parivar Mahatma Gandhi se leke, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel se leke, Muhammad Ali Jinnah se leke, Jawaharlal Nehru se leke, swargiya Indira Gandhi se leke, Rajiv Gandhi se leke aur Rahul Gandhi se leke… inki party hai jinka desh ke vikas me, desh ki tarakki me, desh ki azadi me sabse mehatvapurna aur sabse bada yogdaan hua, isliye hum yaha aye (Congress family from Mahatma Gandhi to Sardar Patel to Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Jawaharlal Nehru… It is their party. They had the most important role in development and freedom of the country. This is the reason why I have come here (in Congress),” Sinha said while addressing a rally here.

Sinha was in Madhya Pradesh to campaign for the state Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s son Nakul Nath, who is contesting from the Chhindwara Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency against BJP’s Nathan Shah.

Both Kamal Nath and his son were present at the event.

Meanwhile, Sinha will be contesting the ongoing polls from Bihar’s Patna Sahib constituency against BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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No Permission For Rally: Gambhir Booked

The Election Commission on Saturday directed East Delhi Returning Officer to file an FIR against Gautam Gambhir, BJP’s candidate from East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, for holding a rally in East Delhi without permission.

The cricketer-turned-politician had not taken permission for his rally on April 25 in Delhi’s Jangpura, the electoral body stated. A Non-Cognizable report is being filed against Gambhir under the Delhi Police Act.

This comes a day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from East Delhi, Atishi Marlena had filed a criminal complaint against Gambhir as his name figures twice in the electoral rolls.

The complaint was filed under Section 155(2) of the Representation of the People Act at Tis Hazari Court, seeking direction for the police to investigate Gambhir’s offence, which is punishable under Sections 17, 31, 125A of the Representation of the People Act, said a press statement issued by Atishi’s office.

As per Section 17 of the Representation of the People Act, no person is entitled to be enrolled as a voter in more than one constituency. Section 31 makes false declaration in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of voter rolls punishable with up to one year in prison.

Delhi, where seven Lok Sabha seats are at stake, will go to polls on May 12 in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.


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