Rajnath Singh tells Punjab voter: Don’t vote for us if you don’t want to, but please don’t throw shoes
Rajnath Singh said, �Aapko vote na dena ho toh mat dijiye,lekin kya aap unpe (Parkash Singh Badal) lathichalayenge,joote phekenge?
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday requested the people of Punjab not to throw shoes at the ruling Badals.
Addressing an election rally in Punjab, Singh said, “Aapko vote na dena ho toh mat dijiye,lekin kya aap unpe (Parkash Singh Badal) lathichalayenge,joote phekenge? (You don’t want to vote, that’s fine. But at least don’t throw shoes or wield lathis).”
Aapko vote na dena ho toh mat dijiye,lekin kya aap unpe (Parkash Singh Badal) lathi chalayenge,joote phekenge?-HM Rajnath Singh #Punjabpolls
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 24, 2017
During an election campaign meeting at Ratta Khera village in Lambi on January 11, a shoe was hurled at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
40-year-old Gurbachan Singh, the relative of a radical Sikh leader, hurled the shoe at Badal, which first hit security personnel and then touched the 89-year-old Badal’s turban.
Rajnath Singh’s comments can be read as an indication that the BJP is wary of the SAD-BJP combine's defeat in Punjab, the state which will vote on February 4. The SAD-BJP have been ruling the state for the last 10 years.