New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari has blamed controversial statements of his party colleagues for BJP’s humiliating defeat in recently concluded Delhi Assembly election 2020. Tiwari asserted that a system should be started where people who give hate speeches lose their legal right to contest poll. The BJP leader made the remarks while speaking to The Indian Express. Also Read - ‘LPG Price Hike Has no Link With Delhi Assembly Election,’ Clarifies Dharmendra Pradhan

Notably, the BJP was decimated in the Delhi assembly polls while the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) returned to power with 62 seats in the 70-member legislature. Also Read - ‘Assessment on Delhi Assembly Election 2020 Went Wrong,’ Reviews Amit Shah After Party’s Dismal Performance

On being asked what he had to say about BJP MP Parvesh Verma who had likened Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to a ‘terrorist’ and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar backing the comment, Tiwari said, “Whatever the context, it was hate speech and our party had to face losses due to that. We condemned that speech then as well as today. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have also condemned it.

Earlier Home Minister and former BJP president Amit Shah had also claimed that hate speeches like ‘goli maro’ and ‘Indo-Pak match’ by BJP leaders resulted in the party’s defeat in Delhi polls. “Statements like ‘goli maro’ and ‘Indo-Pak match’ should not have been made. Our party has distanced itself from such remarks,” he had stated.

Meanwhile, when was asked if Home Minister’s ‘Shaheen Bagh mein current lagna chahiye’ should be considered as hate speech, the Delhi BJP chief defended Shah saying that those who are spreading bhram (myth) should feel the current. He also retaliated his party’s point that no one’s citizenship is being taken away under the amended citizenship legislation.