NEW DELHI: BJP candidate from North West Delhi Lok Sabha seat and famous Punjabi folk singer Hans Raj Hans on Friday said that he will file a defamation suite against AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders for maligning his image.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Hans Raj said, He (Arvind Kejriwal) is an expert in spreading fake news. Unfortunately, even media publishes such allegations without cross-checking. I have a passport, the world knows me. Had I converted to Islam, there would have been a series of procedures like sunnat. My passport name would have changed. There would have been kohram. If someone goes to the dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya wearing a skull cap, will he become Muslim?”
His remarks a came day after the Aam Aadmi Party has accused Hans of allegedly converting to Islam in 2014, and has said that he can not contest election from North West Delhi reserved seat and they will move court to disqualify Mr Hans.
Refuting the AAP charge, Hans said he would have been ousted by his own family if he had converted to Islam.
“I was born in a Valmiki family and my mother is worshiper of saint Valmiki and she would had killed me if I would have converted to Islam,” he said addressing a press conference here.
Hans said he was deeply hurt by the accusations of AAP leaders including Kejriwal, and added he would file a defamation suite against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders. “If Aam Aadmi Party will not apologise. I will file a defamation case and put SC/ST act on them.”
Hans is contesting against Congress leader Rajesh Lilothia and AAP’s Gugan Singh in a triangular contest.
The BJP has replaced sitting MP Udit Raj from the seat and fielded Hans. Udit Raj has joined Congress after denied ticket and accused the BJP of being anti-Dalit.
With agency inputs