PIL in HC seeking derecognition of MNS on grounds that it was promoting hate speech in the vision of the party. Court asks Election commission to respond to plea on Friday. HC bench of acting chief justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth mridul why no action was taken. “is this not violation of model code of conduct?” asks court. EC lawyer says hate speech is criminal offence on which state govt should take action. HC says EC failing in its constitutional duty.
Website of MNS in its statement of vision and objectives says ‘elimination of outsiders for betterment of socio economic status of the Marathi manoos’ as one of the objectives. HC has asked EC to reply on what action it will take against MNS.
Separate plea by same petitioner, advocate Mithilesh Kumar Pandey also seeks ban on post poll alliances. Argues that candidates should reveal to voters what alliances they are with since voters are misled by parties which change political alliances after elections.