has been booked under the Representation of the People Act for allegedly promoting enmity between two groups in his speech at an election rally last week, officials said.

A video has gone viral on in which Panchayati Raj and can be seen as purportedly saying, "If Muslims can vote unitedly for Congress, then all Hindus can also unite and go with the BJP and make it win with a thumping majority." 

At the public meeting in district on Saturday, the had claimed that his party was a "protector" of the "sanatan sanskriti" (traditional culture)' of and termed the a "party of Muslims".

said the district election department had lodged an FIR and the matter was being investigated.

A case has been registered against Rawat at Kotwali police station on Monday under Section 125 (promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Circle told 

The added that investigation was on in the matter.

Days after Rawat's purported comments drew criticism, state clarified that the party does not discriminate on the basis of caste and religion.

"We represent every Indian living in the country. Development of each section of society is our slogan and we do not represent any particular community," party and in-charge said.

The state goes to polls on December 7.

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