Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari on Saturday threatened to take legal action against Student rights activist at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Shehla Rashid after she accused him of planning to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
I would be taking legal action on anti-social elements who have made bizzare comments; attributing personal motives to me, regarding the assassination threat to PM @narendramodi— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) June 9, 2018
Rasheed had also said that the RSS was a complicit, and alleged that the motive was to blame the assassination on Muslims and Communists.
Looks like RSS/Gadkari is planning to assassinate Modi, and then blame it upon Muslims/Communists and then lynch Muslims #RajivGandhiStyle— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) June 9, 2018
Shehla Rashid then claimed that she was being sarcastic about Nitin Gadkari plotting to kill PM Narendra Modi after Union Minister threatened to sue her.
Later speaking to a TV channel, Rashid claimed that she had mentioned Gadkari's name 'randomly' as means to show how JNU students feel when they are targetted. She further claimed that the purported letter planning to assassinate PM Modi is fake.
Shehla tweeted about the assassination plot amid reports that Pune Police has found a purported letter of Maoist leaders in which they are allegedly discussing plans to assassinate PM Narendra Modi in a 'Rajiv Gandhi type incident' during one of his political road shows. The purported letter, is addressed to a Maoist leader named Prakash and is signed 'R'. It is dated April 18, 2017.
Meanwhile, many Twitter users raised questions about whether Shehla Rashid was truly sarcastic or merely backtracked after Gadkari's tweet.