Azam Khan softens stand, set to get EC relief

The EC had earlier halted the poll campaigns of both the leaders in UP following a series of inflammatory speeches.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 30, 2014 8:07 am

Having lifted the ban on BJP leader Amit Shah’s poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh after he apologised, the Election Commission could take a lenient view in the case of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan also as he is learnt to have conveyed his regret.

The EC had earlier halted the poll campaigns of both the leaders in UP following a series of inflammatory speeches.

Speaking at the Idea Exchange interaction held at The Indian Express on Tuesday, Election Commissioner H S Brahma confirmed that Khan had sent a fresh reply to the EC, the tone and tenor of which conveyed a climbdown from his earlier aggressive posturing. “We are examining his reply. A decision will be taken shortly,” said Brahma.

He said the ban on Shah’s campaign was lifted after he expressed regret. “Within 24 hours, Shah gave an apology despite defending himself by saying that his words were not meant the way they were interpreted. He conveyed regret, he apologised and assured the commission that he won’t repeat such an act,” said Brahma.

Asked if an apology was enough, he said, “We are a line referee. Our job is to ensure that everybody plays the game in the manner that it is supposed to be played.”

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First Published on: April 30, 2014 2:59 am
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    Param
    May 1, 2014 at 8:37 am
    Azam thought he is above law as he is part of the sickular brigade. He is known for creating a ruckus at a US airport and shouting at the immigration officers. Luckily he was whisked away b the Indian consulate staff or he would have spent jail time there
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      common
      Apr 30, 2014 at 2:34 am
      Azam Khanji threatened to go to supreme court but will the highest court has the time or willingness to take up the matter. The easiest way is to express regret and move on. After all, after May 16, the issue is irrelevant and the voters need to be canved by politicians before that date.
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