A day after the BJP’s prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi dared the Election Commission to take action against him, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the constitutional body was bowing to the belligerence of Modi and BJP general secretary Amit Shah, the party’s in-charge of UP.
The party said the EC “appears to have cowed before the provocative statements by the BJP duo of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah”.
Referring to Shah’s statement that Azamgarh was a terror hub, the AAP said, “It is unexplainable how the EC revoked the ban on Amit Shah and allowed him to continue his campaign in Uttar Pradesh after accepting his apology despite his track record. The latest statement by Shah, branding Azamgarh a terror hub, is a clear indication that he does not care about any constitutional authority and it is for the EC to tell the country on what basis it allowed such a controversial person to continue with his campaign in UP.”
The Election Commission has since sought a report from the Azamgarh district administration regarding Shah’s speech.
The AAP said the Election Commission should order Shah to leave UP, and debar him from the state until the elections are over. “The Election Commission’s ineffectiveness in dealing with continued hate speeches of Shah and open defiance of election laws by Modi can have serious repercussions in conduct of free and fair elections,” an AAP statement said.
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The AAP also criticised the EC for not taking action on TV channels that are flouting its directive to telecast exit polls as opinion polls.
Maya measures Gujarat with Shah yardstick
LUCKNOW: The BSP on Monday hit out at BJP leader Amit Shah for calling Azamgarh the “base of terrorists” and said Gujarat could be labelled a “base of communalism” going by Shah’s yardstick.
Mayawati, seeking a ban on Shah in UP, said, “If a few people from Azamgarh, Hindus or Muslims, have done something wrong then it does not mean all people, Hindu or Muslim, living there are terrorists. If we use this parameter, then it will not be wrong to call Gujarat a base of communalism.”
Mayawati called Azamgarh MP Ramakant, the BJP candidate in Azamgarh who was earlier in the BSP, “the biggest terrorist… the poor in Azamgarh feel terrorised because of him”. Mayawati said when she was CM, she got Ramakant’s brother Umakant, who was then BSP MP, arrested and expelled Ramakant from the party because they unleashed “terror”.
Mayawati also demanded EC action against SP leader Abu Asim Azmi for his remark that Muslims who do not vote for SP are not “true Muslims”.
She said UP police should be kept away from polling booths in the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha polls and special security arrangements made in Azamgarh.