BJP’s Hyderabad Lok Sabha candidate apologises over video showing her shooting imaginary arrow at mosque

“It has come to my notice that one video of mine is being circulated in the media to create negativity,” she said in a post on X.

BySumit Jha

Published Apr 19, 2024 | 12:31 AMUpdatedApr 19, 2024 | 12:32 AM

Madhavi Latha pointing an imaginary arrow towards mosque. (Screengrab)

After public outrage ensued over a video depicting BJP’s Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat candidate K Madhavi Latha allegedly shooting an imaginary arrow towards the Siddiamber Bazar mosque in Old City, she has issued an apology for her actions portrayed in the video.

She was participating in a Ram Navami Rally on Wednesday, 17 April, when the video was captured.

“It has come to my notice that one video of mine is being circulated in the media to create negativity,” she said in a post on X on Thursday.

She added: “I would like to clarify that it’s an incomplete video and even because of such video if any one’s sentiments are hurt then I would like to apologise as I respect all individuals. [sic]”

In response to this incident, AIMIM president and sitting Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi criticised Madhavi Latha for her objectionable gesture.

He also asked whether the Election Commission was turning a blind eye to such actions.

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The rally

Madhavi Latha, BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate in Hyderabad, was seen in the video in an open jeep during the Ram Navami procession in the Old City area.

Though the Election Commission of India has prohibited politicians from soliciting votes in the name of religion, it did not restrict their participation in religious rallies.

The crowd was predominantly homogenous, BJP-leaning, and celebrating Ram Navami.

Initially, Latha refrained from making overt political statements when asked to speak at the first stop. Instead, she subtly remarked, “Ram Rajya will come this year,” hinting at BJP and the Narendra Modi government.

However, at Begum Bazaar Chhatri, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Laddu Yadav introduced her as BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate. He urged people to vote for her.

Yadav continued to make comments against AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and handed over the microphone to her, ignoring her reluctance to speak.

Latha chose to sing a religious song and reiterated the sentiments expressed at the first stop. Yadav persisted, leading her to mention Modi and Patang (kite, the AIMIM election symbol).

“I have been entrusted with a task by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I am here to fulfil his mission, and it’s true that he has sent me here to cut someone’s patang (kite),” she declared, blending political rhetoric with symbolism.

(Edited by Arkadev Ghoshal)