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Election Commission issues notice to Amit Shah

April 7, 2014 - New Delhi

  • Election Commission on Monday issued notice to BJP general secretary and close aide of Narendra Modi Amit Shah for prima facie violation of model code of conduct. Amit Shah is alleged to have made communal references while campaigning for the party in Muzaffarnagar recently.
  • Two FIRs were lodged against Amit Shah on Sunday for the making objectionable statements during his speeches in Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor and Shamli districts on Thursday. Shah has been booked under Section 153(A) of Indian Penal Code and Section 125 of Representation of the People Act.
  • The Commission has given time till 5 pm on 9 April 2014 to Amit Shah to explain his stand on the violation of the model code of conduct. According to the model code, "no party or candidate shall indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic" and that "there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes".
  • Bharatiya Janata Party came to the defence of Amit Shah and condemned the filing of FIRs. It said that the FIRs are part of a calculated design to communalise and polarise the election scenario in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Amit Shah in his speech has asked people to see election as a chance to seek "revenge for the insult" inflicted during hte Muzaffarnagar riots in September 2013.

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