While opposition parties Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress both slammed Ilmi for her ill-advised speech, the Aam Aadmi Party discarded her speech, saying the party does not approve of such kind of politics.

“I have seen Shazia's clip. She should have not said it. AAP does not believe in communal politics. Our politics is to unite all Indians,” senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia tweeted on Tuesday.

 A 79-second video of Ilmi, in which she is seen talking to Muslims leaders and urging them to be communal in the general elections went viral on the Internet on Tuesday.

“You need to think of yourself and your community. Muslims need to be communal,” Ilmi said in the video.

Ilmi also urged Muslims to vote for their own welfare, telling them Arvind Kejriwal is one of their own.

Various distinguished personalities took to Twitter to condemn Ilmi’s statement, which has come as a major embarrassment for her party.

The BJP, which expressed strong disapproval of Ilmi’s comments, is now planning to file a complaint against the former journalist in the Election Commission.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal dubbed Ilmi’s comments as childish, adding that he is surprised over her remarks since she hails from a very secular family.

Another Congress spokesperson Randeep Surejwala, echoing similar sentiments, said the Aam Aadmi Party has ‘scant regard for the Constitution and for the law’.

"Shazia Ilmi, even in the past, had made a spoof of a senior person like Home Minister of India. Kejriwal's party…… is a party of anarchists,” Surejwala said.
Muslim cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed branded Ilmi’s comments as childish and an attempt to communalise the general elections.

Bollywood actor and director Farhan Akhtar also condemned Ilmi’s comments and asked where the Indian politics is heading to.

“Shazia Ilmi's 'Be communal for your own good' statement is highly condemnable. What is happening to the Indian political discourse?” Akhtar said through his Twitter account.

Entrepreneur and member of Rajya Sabha from Bangalore Urban constituency, Rajiv Chandrashekhar, also expressed dismay at Ilmi’s remarks.

“Shazia Ilmi's appeal "Muslims should be communal for their own good" - new entrant on list of politicos of hate & fear!” Chandrashekhar tweeted.


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