New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Fatehpura, Ramesh Katara on Tuesday claimed that those who won’t vote for BJP will be identified as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has installed cameras in polling booths. The BJP leader also threatened voters by saying that Modi will stop giving work them if they fail to vote for the saffron party.
“Press the button (on EVM) having the photo of Bhabhor and lotus (BJP’s) symbol. This time, Modi saheb has installed cameras (in polling booths). While sitting there, he would know who had voted for the BJP and who voted in favour of the Congress,” the Gujarat BJP MLA reportedly said while addressing a small campaign rally in support of BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Dahod, Jasvantsinh Bhabhor, in a village near Dahod.
He added,”If votes (to the BJP) will be less in your booth, you will be given less work. Modi saheb, while sitting there, would find out that you did something wrong. Your photos are there on election card, Aadhaar card and even on ration card.”
Following his controversial remarks, Dahod collector and district election officer V L Kharadi also issued a show-cause notice to the BJP leader. “We issued a show-cause notice to Katara today morning for the alleged breach of the model code of conduct. He is required to tender an explanation in a day,” said Kharadi.
Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) criticised Katara’s remarks and said,”Helpless, voiceless citizens are intimidated into voting for them. Such issues will have an impact.”