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Poll panel bans Giriraj Singh from holding rallies

Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 22, 2014
First Published: 21:12 IST(22/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:45 IST(23/4/2014)

The election commission on Tuesday banned BJP leader Giriraj Singh from holding rallies in reaction to his comment that the critics of the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi can leave India for Pakistan. The panel also directed the Bihar and Jharkhand governments to quickly investigate the cases registered against him.

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Singh’s statement promoted “enmity, hatred and ill will” and was highly prejudicial to maintaining harmony between religious communities, the EC said, adding that he should therefore not be allowed to hold election rallies.

The commission noted that Singh’s utterance was “totally violative” of the Constitution that guarantees equality before law and equal opportunity, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.

In Patna, meanwhile, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the party was contemplating action against Singh for his controversial remark. "The top leaders of our party are seized of the matter and may consider action against him," the former Bihar deputy chief minister said.

Read: Defiant Giriraj Singh stands by his statement about Modi critics despite BJP's disapproval


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