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BJP MP Prahlad Joshi maintains ‘Mini-Pakistan’ remark after getting booked

BJP MP Prahlad Joshi maintains ‘Mini-Pakistan’ remark after getting booked
Prahlad Joshi defends himself on his Mini-Pakistan remark. Pic: ANI

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Prahlad Joshi, who has been booked for making a communal remark in a speech, on Sunday defended himself saying Sadarsofa’s conditions are similar to Pakistan and that is why he said so.

“I have received some complaints in this area, on the basis of that I had made the statement. I have full faith in the judiciary and will fight it out,” Joshi told ANI.

The BJP MP had earlier allegedly compared Sadarsofa area of Hubli in Karnataka to Pakistan, during his speech in the district.

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During his visit to Sadarsofa, Joshi had reportedly said that “Sadarsofa had become a ‘mini Pakistan’ and that weapons were being stored in the local mosque”. Joshi made the statement while he was at Guru Sidappa’s house, a resident who was murdered this month.

Following which, an FIR was registered against him under sections 153 A (promoting enmity between religious groups) and 298 (uttering, words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code.

With ANI inputs