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BJP chief under trial for inflaming communal tensions

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LUCKNOW: Amit Shah, the president of the ruling party of India, on Wednesday charged by the police for one of his speech which allegedly ignited religious tensions during the national election campaign, an officer told.

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Shah who is the leader of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), made a speech at a rally in northern Uttar Pradesh state which ignited the deadly Hindu Muslim riots in the state last year. Investigation officer filed a charge sheet against him for his speech.

“The charge sheet against Amit Shah has been filed by the investigating officer,” deputy superintendent of police Yogendra Singh said in the district of Muzaffarnagar the center point of the riots.

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Shah, among the main supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had the key role in the landslide victory of BJP winning at the elections in May over the centre left Congress party led by the Gandhi dynasty.

Police presented the charge sheet in a local court in Muzaffarnagar on Wednesday, under sections of the criminal code that include making a statement that intended to cause religious anger.

Charges of promoting tensions among various religious groups and appealing for vote on religious basis were also included, police officer Singh said.

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