“I will impose curfew in Kairana, Deoband, Moradabad if I win the polls,” were the words of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Thana Bhawan Suresh Rana while addressing a party booth sammelan in Thana Bhawan area of Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh.

“Yadi maidan maar liya to Kairana, Deoband, Moradabad mein curfew lag jayega mitron…. ki Suresh Rana phir jeet ke aa gaya… isliye keh raha ki March 11 ka din hoga… Bharat Mata ki Jai ka naara lagate hue Shamli se Thana Bhawan tak juloos niklega (If Suresh Rana wins the elections again, curfew will be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad. March 11 will be the date and a procession will move from Shamli to Thana Bhawan with slogans of Bharat Mata ki Jai),” he said in the video that went viral on Sunday.

However, Rana claimed that he did not make any remark against any religion and asserted that he only said that if he wins then the hooligans who had forced other people to migrate from Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad and other areas will have to migrate from these areas.

He claimed that several people had moved out of these areas due to fear of the hooligans.

Meanwhile, Mriganka Singh -daughter of BJP leader Hukum Singh who had made it to the headlines in 2016 after he released a list of Hindu families who had moved from Kairana – has grabbed the BJP ticket to contest from the region. It was alleged that the hate speeches were made by Hukum Singh to create a platform for his daughter’s launch.