BJP leader Kapil Mishra. (Photo Credit: PTI)
New Delhi :
Hours after Delhi Police lodged an FIR against Kapil Mishra – the BJP candidate from Model Town seat for Delhi assembly polls, Twitter deleted his post where he referred upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi as ‘contest between India and Pakistan.’ “On request of Delhi Chief Electoral Officer's office and as directed by Election Commission of India, Twitter has deleted Posts of BJP leader Kapil Mishra,” reported ANI.
Earlier on Friday, Delhi Police lodged an FIR against Kapil Mishra. The FIR was filed after Delhi Chief Election Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh wrote to police asking to register the case under the Representation of People’s Act.
The FIR has been lodged at the Model Town Police Station under Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, sources said.
The poll body had earlier asked Twitter to remove the post, terming it as a "highly objectionable" comment that "appeals to communal feelings". The EC had also said that Twitter should intimate it about the action taken.
Kapil Mishra, who was a minister in the outgoing Arvind Kejriwal government before a bitter falling out with Aam Aadmi Party leaders, had crossed over to the BJP and is the party’s candidate from Model Town.
A show-cause notice was also issued to him by the poll authorities for "violation of the poll code".
In his explanation, Mishra claimed that Pakistan’s proxies were likely to be present at Shaheen Bagh- ground zero for protests against the amended citizenship law. He also claimed that he was only responding to AAP’s Manish Sisodia in his tweet.
"Who is playing the Hindu-Muslim card? Manish Sisodia who says he is with Shaheen Bagh protesters? Priyanka Gandhi who supports those who burned vehicles at Turkman Gate in Delhi? Kejriwal who is distributing Rs 5 lakh to hooligans? Who are giving tickets to people like Amanatullah and Shoaib Iqbal, known for making provocative speeches?" Mishra said in his tweet posted in Hindi.