BJP lawmakers account for half of the hate speech cases

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) come next

New Delhi: Politicians losing restraint during public speeches is common enough but sometimes, things go too far. And then, what they say is categorised as hate speech or inflammatory speech. Based on an analysis of data collected by the Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch on hate speech cases filed against MPs and MLAs, it was found that MPs and MLAs of south Indian states had more such cases filed against them than their north Indian counterparts. Currently, 58 politicians (15 MPs and 43 MLAs) from 13 parties have hate speech cases filed against them.

Comparison between north and south India

State

No of cases

State

No of cases

Telangana

13

Uttar Pradesh

15

Karnataka

5

Bihar

4

Andhra Pradesh

4

Jharkhand

1

Tamil Nadu

2

Uttarakhand

1

Total

24

Total

21

 

Party-wise break up

Out of the total hate speech cases, the majority – 47 percent – are filed against 27 BJP leaders. Whereas, only two Congress leaders had cases filed against them. Following the BJP in second place are All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), where six leaders from each party have hate speech cases against them.

Party No of cases
BJP 27
AIMIM 6
TRS 6
TDP 3
Shiv Sena 3

 

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