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EC seeks report over Thakur’s ‘goli maaro’ comment

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Chief Election Officer of Delhi has sought a report from the returning officer of Delhi’s Rithala constituency over Union Minister Anurag Thakur’s speech at an election rally on December 27.

IMAGE: Union Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Singh Thakur speaks during an election campaign ahead of the forthcoming Delhi assembly elections, at Rithala constituency in New Delhi. Photograph: ANI Photo

The Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs had allegedly used inflammatory slogans at a Bharatiya Janata Party campaign rally in Delhi.

On Monday, Thakur egged on participants of an election rally to raise an incendiary slogan that ‘traitors should be shot’, after he lashed out at anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters.

 

At the rally, Thakur, the minister of state for finance, shouted ‘desh ke gaddaron ko‘ to which the crowd responded ‘goli maro sa*** ko‘ (shoot down the traitors).

Addressing the meeting in support of BJP candidate from Rithala, Manish Chaudhary, Singh raised the pitch of nationalism as he linked opposition parties with anti-CAA protests in Shaheen Bagh and with alleged anti-India slogans, and then asked the crowd to raise the controversial slogan.

Thakur, if found guilty, will become the second BJP leader to be pulled up by the Election Commission during the course of campaigns for the Delhi assembly elections.

Earlier, EC on January 25 had placed a temporary ban on BJP candidate Kapil Mishra from campaigning for Delhi assembly elections for violating Model Code of Conduct.

The ban on Mishra from campaigning lasted for 48 hours starting 5 pm, last Saturday, over his tweet where he termed the ensuing Assembly elections in the national capital as a contest between ‘India and Pakistan.’

Voting for the Delhi Assembly will be held on February 8 and the counting process will begin on February 11.

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