Election Commission bars Anurag Thakur for 72 hours from campaigning, Parvesh Verma for 96 hours

30 January, 2020 | newsx bureau

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EC bans Anurag Thakur Parvesh Verma: The Election Commission has barred BJP MP Anurag Thakur and party leader Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma on Thursday from campaigning for 72-hours and 96-hours respe...

EC bans Anurag Thakur Parvesh Verma: In the wake of the provocative statements against the Shaheen Bagh protestors, the Election Commission on Thursday put a ban of 72-hours for campaigning on BJP MP Anurag Thakur and 96-hour ban on the party leader Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma. According to the official statement, the ban is effective from 5 pm on January 30. Both leaders are not allowed to hold any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, roadshows and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media) in regards with the upcoming elections.

The poll body ordered the dismissal of Thakur and Verma On Wednesday from the party’s list of star campaigners. This decision has come after Minister of State for Finance, instigated teh crowd with inflammatory statement during the BJP election rally, this week. He asked the crowd to chant ” shoot the traitors of India, ( desh ke gaddaron ko goli maaro saalon ko). While Verma, a West Delhi MP said the Shaheen Bagh protestors would enter the homes and rape sisters and daughters.


Following these statements, EC reiterated its past warning instructions on the Model Code of Conduct to all the political parties on Wednesday. As per the code, no political leader is allowed to give communally divisive statements during the election campaign, criticism of private life of candidates, leaders or personal attacks. Also, the use of religion for election propaganda, among other things.

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Speaking to a leading daily, Thakur clarified his previous statement. He said he was giving solutions to handle the traitors of the country. The response could have been voted them out or throw them out but it was up to the people who reacted in that way.

While on Tuesday, Verma stated that as anti-CAA and NRC protests at Shaheen Bagh is continuing, Delhi will face a Kashmir-like situation.