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NEW DELHI: India’s Election Commission directed social media platform X on Tuesday to take down a video post by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party after an opposition complaint that it promoted enmity among economically weaker groups.

The takedown order for violation of poll rules came days after police registered a case against leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including the president of its Karnataka state unit that had shared the post.

The animated video published last week during India’s long general election accused opposition Congress leaders of planning to extend welfare benefits to the minority Muslim community at the cost of other disadvantaged tribal and Hindu caste groups.

Modi, seeking a third straight term, has made similar allegations in recent speeches and said Congress would distribute the wealth of majority Hindus among Muslims, whom he referred to as “infiltrators” who have “more children”.

Congress denies making any such election promise.

“X is directed to take down the post immediately,” a letter from the election commission to the social media platform said.

There was no immediate comment from X or the BJP.

Modi’s critics accuse him and his party of targeting Muslims for electoral gains, which he has denied, saying that his government does not discriminate and also that he does not oppose the community or Islam.

About 80% of India’s 1.4 billion people are Hindus but it also has the world’s third largest Muslim population of about 200 million people.

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Pakistani May 08, 2024 09:52pm
Hypocrisy at its peak. Modi campaign is based upon Muslim Bashing but he does not want the world to know!
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