Mumbai BJP Chief Tries to Incite Crowd With Ghost of 1993 Blasts During Poll Campaign
Serial blasts ripped through the city in March 1993 killing over 250 persons, after the Mumbai riots.
File photo of Mangal Prabhat Lodha
Mumbai: Addressing a campaign rally, Mumbai BJP chief Mangal Prabhat Lodha purportedly associated a minority-dominated area with the riots and 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
Lodha was campaigning for Shiv Sena candidate from Mumbadevi in central Mumbai, Pandurang Sakpal, on Wednesday. In an audio clip of the purported speech, he is heard as saying, "In the 1992 riots, remember the blasts that took place and many bullets were fired, they were fired in lanes that are just five km (away) here.
Serial blasts ripped through the city in March 1993 killing over 250 persons, after the Mumbai riots. "How a person winning with their votes will come to your aid?" Lodha purportedly added, without naming Congress candidate Amin Patel, a Muslim.
Mumbadevi includes localities such as Dongri and Nagpada which have sizeable population of minorities. He further said, "After the collapse of old buildings here, residents are shifted to Mankhurd and Dharavi. It is as if these areas (Mankhurd and Dharavi) are allotted to a particular community. But the Hindu-Marathi brothers have to go to transit camps in distant places."
Lodha could not be contacted for comments on the audio clip.
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