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EC seeks CD of Amit Shah’s Azamgarh ‘terrorist base’ speech

Shah said that Azamgarh has turned into a base of terrorists and Gujarat bomb blasts accused were from here. Tweet This
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Shah on Sunday said that Azamgarh has turned into a base of terrorists.

Taking cognisance of BJP leader Amit Shah’s controversial remarks calling Azamgarh “a base of terrorists”, the Election Commission said on Tuesday that it has sought a detailed report and a CD of his statement.

The EC said it will take any further action after examining the CD and the report to be provided by the district poll authorities.

Asked whether the poll body has taken cognisance of Narendra Modi’s alleged “derogatory” remarks made at an election rally in Domariyaganj in UP on Tuesday, Deputy EC Vinod Zutshi said, “After getting the report from the district election officer, we will examine it”.

Shah, who is a close aide of Narendra Modi and is BJP’s in-charge for Uttar Pradesh, had on Sunday said that Azamgarh has turned into a base of terrorists as there is no fear of the state government. He also said that accused in Gujarat bomb blast cases were from Azamgarh.

“We have asked for the report and the CD and once it is examined by the Commission, we will accordingly take action,” Zutshi told reporters here.

Shah was recently barred by the EC on April 11 from campaigning in UP after his controversial “revenge” remarks for the insult inflicted during the riots in Muzaffarnagar last year.

But after his written undertaking that he will not use abusive or derogatory language in the campaign and shall not make any utterances that would violate the model code of conduct, the ban was lifted.

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