File photo of Anurag Thakur | @ianuragthakur/Twitter
File photo of Anurag Thakur | @ianuragthakur/Twitter
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New Delhi: Junior Finance Minister Anurag Thakur was widely criticised Monday as he chanted an inflammatory slogan at a BJP campaign rally in Delhi.

Desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalon ko (shoot the traitors of our country),” Thakur said at Rithala, invoking a slogan that has come to be associated with supporters of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act who have lobbed it at those opposing the law.

Thakur’s statement came days before he joins Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in presenting the Budget, his second since joining the high-profile ministry last year.  

He was speaking at a campaign rally for the Delhi assembly elections, which are scheduled for 8 February. After he made the statement, Thakur clapped his hands and urged the crowd to chant the slogan along with him.  

A video of Thakur chanting the slogan went viral Monday, but it was a short clip and the context in which the remark was made could not be determined. 

Sharing the stage with the Minister of State for Finance was Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh, who is notorious for making incendiary remarks. The two union ministers were later joined by Home Minister and former BJP president Amit Shah on stage. 

Minister trolled

The MP for Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, Thakur is the son of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. 

His use of the slogan came in for immediate criticism, with many social media users trolling Thakur for chanting slogans at rallies when he should be working on the budget. 

Some Twitter users, meanwhile, tagged the Election Commission and demanded action against Thakur for what they saw as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, which bars provocative language. 

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  1. Just imagine: If the British had continued to rule India, what do you think they would have done to people who wanted to break up the British empire in India? Garland them? Block roads for them? Conduct lit fests for them? They would have been simply shot down, just as Bhagat Singh et al were killed. Anurag Thakur hasn’t said anything shocking. We belong to India. We live here. Our future is tied to this land. We don’t like anyone who wants to break India or balkanize it.

  2. Why you only shows hateful comments …
    Majority is in support of anurag thakur …
    Such a biased channel. ….

  3. The BJP thrives on hate. You keep these guys for power for another ten years and everyone will be hating each other.

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