Azam Khan softens stand, set to get EC relief
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.”