Like CBI, EC working under influence of Centre, says Azam Khan

Like CBI, EC working under influence of Centre, says Azam Khan

Referring to the poll panel ban, Azam claimed he had been victimised.

Azam Khan
Azam Khan

UTTAR Pradesh minister Azam Khan Sunday threatened to move court against the Election Commission’s ban on him, alleging that the poll watchdog was working under the “influence” of the Centre.

“EC too is working on the pattern of CBI, which happens to remain under the influence of the Centre,” Khan told media persons in Rampur. “If the restrictions were not removed I will approach court,” he added.

The statement came even as a  fresh case — third in the last five days — was lodged against Khan for his alleged hate speech in Shamli district. The case was registered in Thana Bhawan police station Saturday for his remarks at an election rally in Jalalabad area of the district on April 8, District Magistrate N P Singh said in Muzaffarnagar.

Khan had allegedly attacked BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying, “His hands are coloured with blood of innocent people and you should never let any such person rule the country.”


Referring to the poll panel ban, Azam claimed he had been victimised. “My reply reached EC at 2 pm on April 11 while the deadline was 5 pm. Still one sided action was taken against me,” he said.

On April 11, the EC had toughened its stand against hate speech and banned Khan and BJP leader Amit Shah from holding public meetings or roadshows in UP and asked authorities to initiate criminal proceedings against them. The move came after police had filed a case against the minister over his “revenge” remark at a rally in Sambhal.

On Saturday, the Ghaziabad police had booked Khan in another case for his alleged inflammatory speech over the Kargil war following which Azam had addressed media at Rampur and distributed newspaper clippings and CDs with reports to substantiate his claims that Muslims were also martyred in Kargil war.

(With PTI inputs)


EC going overboard: Sharad Pawar

MUMBAI: Union minister Sharad Pawar, who had been earlier reprimanded by the Election Commission over his ink remark, has attacked the poll panel for “going overboard” and criticised it over the practice of checking vehicles during the election process. “The Election Commission is going overboard. It is seizing huge amount that is carried in the vehicles. After checking, the seized cash is returned. What sort of method is this?” he said in Akluj in Solapur district Saturday. “Who has given the EC the right to check vehicle on roads? The amount can belong to the financial sector and could be a genuine case. There is no doubt that the elections should be held in free and fair manner. However, this kind of check is causing harassment,” he said.     PTI