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Election Commission Issues Notice To BJP MP Anurag Thakur Over His Controversial Comment At Delhi Rally

The Delhi CEO Office On Tuesday Submitted Reports To The EC On Provocative Language Used By Thakur, Minister Of State For Finance, And West Delhi MP Verma While Canvassing For Party Candidates Contesting The Delhi Assembly Polls, Officials Said.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 28 Jan 2020, 07:46:41 PM
Anurag Thakur

Union Minister Anurag Thakur (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi:

The Election Commission on Tuesday issued show cause notices by the Election Commission for his controversial remarks. The EC examined the reports sent by the Delhi CEO Office and is of the view that show cause notices should be issued to the two party leaders. The Delhi CEO Office on Tuesday submitted reports to the EC on "provocative" language used by Thakur, Minister of State for Finance, and West Delhi MP Verma while canvassing for party candidates contesting the Delhi Assembly polls, officials said.

Delhi Congress earlier approached the Election Commission, urging it to ban BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for making “provocative statements to incite communal violence” ahead of polls in the national capital. “BJP’s star campaigners Parvesh Verma and Anurag Thakur have used objectionable language. Top BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah, are going around the lanes and bylanes of Delhi, making provocative statements to polarise the atmosphere and incite communal violence. The BJP is doing so out of frustration,” senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said.

The Election Commission has promised us that it won’t let it happen, Maken said, adding they have called a meeting of all senior poll and police officials on January 31. The EC has sought a report from the Chief Electoral Officer on Thakur and Verma’s remarks and because they are “star campaigners”, the Delhi CEO cannot issue them a notice. Only the Election Commission of India can do so, he said.

“The EC has accepted that they have made provocative statements and we have demanded that they be banned from campaigning,” Maken added. During an election rally in Delhi, Union minister Thakur egged on the crowd to raise an incendiary slogan “traitors should be shot at” after he lashed out at anti-CAA protestors.

Verma, the West Delhi MP, said what happened in Kashmir with Kashmiri Pandits could happen in Delhi, warning that lakhs of anti-CAA protesters in Shaheen Bagh could enter homes to kill and rape women

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First Published : 28 Jan 2020, 07:04:14 PM