The Election Commission on Tuesday barred Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan from election campaigning for 48 hours starting from 6 am on Wednesday for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) with his ‘highly provocative’ speeches in which he appealed to secure votes on religious lines.
The poll watchdog observed that the SP leader has made highly provocative speeches in his public utterances against the district election machinery and also on religious lines that have the propensity to polarize the elections, which is not confined to the constituency alone where the statement is made, but to other parts as well due to fast dissemination of information in this digital age.
Earlier on April 15, the poll body had barred Khan from campaigning for three days for similar offence.
“Under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, bars Azam Khan from holding ant public meetings, public processions , public rallies, road shows, and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print , social) etc in connection with ongoing elections for 48 hours from 6 am on 1 May,” said the poll watchdog.
Apart for that, a case has been registered against Khan on April 27 for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during his speech in an election rally at Rampur on April 25.
The EC has also warned Azam Khan not to repeat such misconducts in future.
“The Commission strongly condemns the impugned statements made by him during election campaign held at Rampur and Warns Azam Khan not to repeat such misconduct in future,” said the commission’s order.
(With ANI inputs)