Poll Agent Never Asked To Remove Hijab: Tamil Nadu BJP

Chennai: On Monday BJP has asserted that its Madurai-based election agent had not asked the voters to take off their hijab he had only urged that a hijab-clad woman voter be identified by looking at her face.

The party will approach the court against the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission, for contempt since action has been taken against the BJP agent violated a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 which outlined the norms on the voter identification in a polling station.

The action against the BJP agent was based on false and distorted claims, the party has stated.

Speaking with the media, BJP Tamil Nadu unit president, K Annamalai, said that the ruling DMK wants to politicalize the matter and wants to divert the attention from the poll related violence to the aspects like ‘false voting.’

“Our election agent only said that the face has to be seen for identification. He never sought removal of hijab,” he said.

Urban civic polls were held on February 19 in Tamil Nadu and a row erupted on the hijab matter which involved a BJP poll agent.

Annamalai dared the TENSEC to release the 25-minute CCTV footage of the polling station, that captured, the conversation in the regard. 

It would prove that the BJP Leader demanded identification of the voter, and not asked to take off the hijab, the party leader said. He states that his party supports the right of Muslim women of wearing hijab.

The BJP Chief had said that hijab-clad woman voter cast her vote and left the place following identification.

However, a group of DMK men and others arrived at the booth in Madurai district about 15 minutes later and they distorted the BJP agent’s version. They falsely claimed that the saffron party poll agent wanted removal of hijab.

This was done only to divert attention from poll-related violence unleashed by the DMK, he alleged.

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