New Delhi(PTI): Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday demanded slapping of a criminal case against Shiv Sena and its mouthpiece editor Sanjay Raut over the party's suggestion that voting rights of Muslims be scrapped.
Alleging that the article was aimed at seeking "cheap publicity" and with the objective of spreading "hatred" between communities, the party in a statement demanded "immediate arrest of Sanjay Raut after registration of a criminal case against him and the Shiv Sena" by the BJP-led Maharashtra government. The party also sought de-recognition of Shiv Sena as a political party.
"The Aam Aadmi Party also demands that the Election Commission should also act against Shiv Sena under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act and de-recognise Shiv Sena as a political party," it said.
An editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said,"If Muslims are only being used this way to play politics, then they can never develop. Muslims will have no future till they are used to play vote bank politics and thus Balasaheb had once said to withdraw Muslims voting rights. What he said is right."
AAP also attacked the BJP saying that the saffron party's leaders and MPs have also been making statements to "incite violence and divide society on communal lines".