Election officers in Azamgarh have filed a report without any adverse remark against BJP national general secretary Amit Shah who called Azamgarh a base of terrorists at a recent public meeting.
The statement was widely criticised and the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party, among others. Uttar Pradesh chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha told The Indian Express that the Azamgarh district election office made no adverse remark against Shah, nor did it report any violation of the model code. The Azamgarh administration has not issued any notice to Shah, he added.
Earlier in the day, BJP’s state unit president Laxmikant Bajpai supported Shah and said said Shahid Badr Falahi from Azamgarh was the head of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) which was banned across the country. He alleged that several leaders of the SP, the BSP and the Congress had opposed the arrest of Abu Bashar who was held from Azamgarh in connection with Ahmedabad blasts. Bajpai said the model code of conduct was not violated in the election meeting because party leaders did not appeal for votes in the name of religion. ENS
Giriraj surrenders in Patna, gets bail
Patna: BJP leader Giriraj Singh Tuesday surrendered before a Patna district court and was granted bail in a case relating to a hate speech lodged here. Singh, who is contesting from Nawada, surrendered before the court of judicial magistrate Javed Alam who granted him bail after accepting his bail bond. The former minister in the Nitish Kumar government had stoked controversy during an election meeting in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district on April 19, saying that those who opposed Narendra Modi should be sent to Pakistan. Three FIRs were lodged against him at Deogarh, Bokaro and Patna for his hate speeches. The Jharkhand High Court had last week granted him bail in the case registered with Bokaro police station.
A case was lodged against Singh with the Patna Airport police station by the district administration for his hate speeches. The FIR was lodged at Patna airport police station on April 21 under provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and Indian Penal Code(IPC). Singh had been released on anticipatory bail granted on April 25by district court judge Virendra Kumar in that case . PTI