The Newshour Debate: Shazia Ilmi Video - Part 1 (22nd April 2014)


In controversial remarks, AAP leader Shazia Ilmi has said that Muslims' votes split as they were "too secular" and they "should become communal" and vote keeping in mind "our own interest". "Don't be much secular. Muslims are too secular and they should become communal. They are not communal and do not vote for themselves. Arvind Kejriwal is ours. Muslims have remained secular for long...have voted for the Congress and helped them win. Don't be so secular and look at your house (community) this time. "Other parties have their votebank intact and Muslim votes split. This is a controversial statement, but we should look at our own interest," Ilmi, AAP candidate from Ghaziabad, purportedly said in a video, in which she is having a conversation with members of the Muslim community. The video of the AAP leader, who had unsuccessfully contested the last Delhi Assembly election, has become viral on social media. In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Professor, Centre for Comparative Politics & Political Theory, JNU; Arati Jerath, Senior Journalist; Dr Sambit Patra, Leader, BJP; Ashok Pandit, Filmmaker and Social Activist and Sankarshan Thakur, Roving Editor, The Telegraph -- discuss whether, can you say ' don't be so secular, be communal this time' and dismiss it as a play of words?


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