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Uttar Pradesh: BJP MLA Tells Muslim Vegetable Vendor On Camera Says, "If I See You Again..."
Uttar Pradesh’s BJP MLA threatened a Muslim vegetable seller outside his home and warns him against "being seen anywhere in the area".
NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh’s BJP MLA threatened a Muslim vegetable seller outside his home and warns him against "being seen anywhere in the area". The vendor was subjected to violence after repeatedly being asked to state his name, the scared vendor first had given a Hindu name.
Bhartiya Janata Party had issued a notice against a party MLA, who urged people to boycott Muslim vegetable vendors amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The notice had apparently no effect on Mr Rajput, who is on camera intimidating the vegetable seller and his young son outside his home in Lucknow.
"Yes, it was my video. I reprimanded him because he was lying. He said his name was Rajkumar while his name is Rehmuddin. He wasn't wearing masks and gloves. We know 16 vegetable sellers in Kanpur and one in Lucknow tested COVID-19 positive," Mr Rajput told news agency ANI.
In fact the vendo is wearing a mask in the video.
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"Tell me the truth. What is your name," the MLA demands.
The vendor replies: "Rajkumar".
"No, it is not your name. Tell us the truth," Mr Rajput is heard insisting.
The vegetable seller keeps repeating "Rajkumar".
The MLA then tells him: "If you don't tell us your real name then I will beat you to pulp."
When the vendor turns to go, the politician shouts: "Why are you running away?"
The MLA finally addresses the man's son, who was driving the vegetable cart, and says: "Son, you tell the truth? What is your father's name? Then we will spare your father. Or else…"
The boy says: "Azeez ur Rahmaan"
Mr Rajput then launches into a hate-filled rant peppered with curses.
"S**la jhooth bol raha tha Musalman hoke? (Lying about being a Muslim?)," he shouts at the vendor, who mumbles apologetically.
The vendor's son then pleads with the politician to let them go, promising, "We won't do it again."
The BJP MLA keeps shouting even as the pair hurries away into the distance.
"You should not be seen in this area again. If we see you, we will beat you and teach you a lesson," Mr Rajput yells after them.