Chandigarh court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi over 'beggar' remark

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Chandigarh, Sept 03: The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday was summoned by the Chandigarh court in a 21-month-old case of allegedly hurting religious sentiments of a section of people.

Rahul Gandhi asked people of UP & Bihar about how long they would beg for work.

The judicial magistrate Jaswinder Singh issued summons to Rahul Gandhi and asked him to appear in court before September 19.

While giving a speech in an election rally UP's Phulpur on November 14, 2011, Rahul Gandhi asked people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar about how long they would go to Maharashtra and Punjab to 'beg' and for work.

Rahul had said, "People of UP are appreciated for their hard work wherever they go in search of job...How long will you beg in Maharashtra (for work)? How long will you work as labourer in Punjab?"

In December 2011, the Lawyer-activist Arvind Thakur filed a petition against Gandhi for hurting the sentiments of people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar working in these states.

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