A day after it censured BJP leader Amit Shah for having made inflammatory speeches at several election meetings in Uttar Pradesh, the Election Commission on Thursday lifted the ban on Shah’s public meetings, processions, rallies and roadshows in the state after he undertook on oath that he will not use abusive or derogatory language.
Telling Shah that “this modification is being done with a view to giving you a second chance to show by your conduct that you adhere to the provisions of Model Code of Conduct in letter and spirit”, the EC, in an order issued late evening, said, “Permission may be granted for holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows etc by the concerned district administration authorities, where you are expected or likely to participate.”
The EC also told Shah that it would “closely monitor your campaign activities by constant video tracking by the concerned district election authorities”.
On April 14, Shah had requested the poll panel to modify its ban order of April 11. In his representation, Shah had stated, “I undertake on oath that I shall not use abusive or derogatory language in the campaign and shall not make any utterances violative of MCC.”
“I give a solemn pledge to the Hon’ble commission that I shall in no manner give cause to be accused as having indulged in any act of commission or omission which has the effect of prejudicially affecting the public tranquillity and law & order,” Shah had told the EC.
Shah was served a notice for having made inflammatory speeches at election meetings in Bijnor, Shamli and Muzaffarnagar. On April 11, the Election Commission had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to not give any permissions for public rallies, meetings or roadshows where Shah was expected or likely to participate.