FIR against Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora for ‘religiously sensitive’ remark

FIR against Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora for 'religiously sensitive' remark
During a rally earlier this month, Deora had urged the Jain community to teach Shiv Sena a lesson for cooking meat outside Jain temples during Paryushana

Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora was booked for violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on Friday after the Maharashtra State Election Commission filed a complaint against him for his remarks on ‘Jain religion’.

Earlier this month, while addressing an event at Zhaveri Bazar, Deora accused Shiv Sena of hurting religious sentiments of Jain followers.

The Mumbai Congress president urged the community to teach them a lesson by not voting for them in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

“Shiv Sena has been against the minorities. A few years ago, the party insulted the Jain religion by cooking meat outside Jain temples during Paryushana festival. Remember, you have to teach them a lesson through your votes,” he had said.

Paryushana is an annual event where the Jain community observes fast for a period of eight days.

Following the speech, a Shiv Sena candidate complained to the EC stating that the allegations made by Deora were “false and are religiously sensitive”. The EC subsequently looked into the matter and now it has asked the police to register an FIR.

The Lok Sabha polls for 48 parliamentary seats in Maharashtra began on April 11. It has been staggered in four phases till April 29. The results will be declared on May 23.

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