Delhi Election Body Asks Police To File FIR Against BJP's Kapil Mishra For Controversial Tweet (Photo Credit: PTI File)
Delhi Assembly Elections 2020: Delhi poll authorities have asked police to file an FIR against Kapil Mishra - the BJP candidate from Model Town seat - in connection with his controversial tweet likening the February 8 Delhi assembly election to a contest between India and Pakistan. Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh wrote to police asking to register the case under Section 123 of the Representation of People’s Act.
"The returning officer (RO) has directed the Delhi Police to file an FIR against Kapil Mishra in connection with his controversial tweet," a source in the Delhi CEO Office told PTI.
The poll body had earlier asked Twitter to remove the post that referred to protest spots in the city as "mini-Pakistans", terming it as a "highly objectionable" comment that "appeals to communal feelings". Twitter deleted the controversial posts on Friday evening.
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 explantion 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.