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Another Delhi AAP MLA in trouble, FIR over hate speech

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New Delhi: Another case of delivering hate speech was reported, this time MLA of Aam Aadmi Party, Amanatullah Khan has been charged of using derogatory words against the Centre and inciting communal passion, the Delhi Police said on Friday.

The First Information Report (FIR) was registered at the Kotwali police station after a complaint regarding the Aam Aadmi Party leader’s speech at an event at the Red Fort on February 16 was filed by advocate Vivek Garg on Thursday, police said.

As per the FIR, Khan is seen and heard in a video hurling abuses at the Narendra Modi government and appealing to the crowd to gherao union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence in Delhi.

“If you people decide to gherao Rajnath Singh’s house, then I can assure you that the Modi government does not have that much courage to even touch your children,” Khan told the audience as per the FIR.

The video allegedly shows Khan backing Delhi-based Mufti Abdus Sami Qasmi, who was arrested from Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh by the National Investigation Agency last month.

Qasmi is accused of being an ideologue of the Indian Caliphate, a mission taken up by the 15 Islamic State suspects apprehended after the Republic Day celebrations, the FIR said.

“The hate speech video had made people question the secular credentials of the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi. Our case is strong. We hope justice will be done by the court,” Garg, who filed the complaint, told IANS.

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Arvind Kejriwal ropes in Prashant Kishor for image makeover

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has inked a deal with Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) for image makeover, the party chief Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday.

The AAP had secured 67 out of 70 assembly seats in Delhi in the last assembly elections in 2014. The date of assembly election in Delhi is to be announced soon as the poll needs to be completed by February 14, 2020.

Political strategist and currently an influential leader of the Janata Dal (United), Prashant Kishor runs advocacy group IPAC.

The advocacy group also declared on Saturday they have inked a deal with Kejriwal’s party.

On social media platforms, Kejriwal said: “Happy to share that IPAC is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!”

The advocacy group also said: “After Punjab results, we acknowledged you as the toughest opponent that we have ever faced. Happy to join forces now with Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party.”

Kishore worked with the Congress in 2017 for Punjab and Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. His wrote a successful story in Punjab in helping the Congress come back to power after two successive electoral losses.

Currently, Kishor is national vice-president of the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar. JD(U) is an ally of the BJP at Centre as well in Bihar.

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