Shehla Rashid claims her tweet was sarcastic after Minister threatens to take legal action over PM assassination claim
In a massive u-turn, student leader Shehla Rashid has claimed that she was being sarcastic about Nitin Gadkari plotting to kill PM Narendra Modi after Union Minister threatened to sue her.
A plot to assassinate PM Narendra Modi was unearthed by Pune Police recently. The police in Pune on Thursday told a court that they had seized a “letter” from the Delhi residence of one of the five people arrested on Wednesday for having alleged “links” with the banned CPI (Maoist). The purported letter allegedly mentioned of a plan to “assassinate” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident”, the police told the court.
Many of the opposition parties have doubted the veracity of Pune Police’s claims. In the same vain, Shehla Rashid floated a conspiracy theory on Saturday evening.
Here’s What She Tweeted :
Looks like RSS/Gadkari is planning to assassinate Modi, and then blame it upon Muslims/Communists and then lynch Muslims #RajivGandhiStyle
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) June 9, 2018
Shehla Rashid said, ” Looks like RSS/Gadkari is planning to assassinate Modi, and then blame it upon Muslims/Communists and then lynch Muslims “.
This promoted Nitin Gadkari to tweet:
I would be taking legal action on anti-social elements who have made bizzare comments; attributing personal motives to me, regarding the assassination threat to PM @narendramodi
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) June 9, 2018
Under pressure, Shehla then issued a clarification saying it was merely a sarcastic tweet! Later speaking to a TV channel, Rashid claimed that she had mentioned Gadkari’s name ‘randomly’ as means to show how JNU students feel when they are targetted. She further claimed that the purported letter planning to assassinate PM Modi is fake.
Many Twitter users raised questions about whether Shehla Rashid was truly sarcastic or merely backtracked after Gadkari’s tweet.
Union Finance Minister said, ” The “half Maoist” is a serious threat to Indian democracy. Willingly or otherwise, they become over-ground face of the underground. Unfortunately some political parties see the Maoist as their instrument in the anti-NDA cause. It’s high time that people recognise this malaise.” Jaitley in several of his speeches in the past too has been critical of the JNU brigade of which Shehla Rashid is a part of.