EC notice to MNS chief Raj Thackeray over hate speech

  • Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times, Nagpur
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2014 12:57 IST

The national BJP legal cell chief Vinod Tiwari on Friday demanded the Election Commission (EC) of India immediately derecognise the MNS for making hate speeches during the Assembly election campaign.

Tiwari said MNS leaders had appealed to the voters to cast votes along lines of language, and had verbally abused non-Marathi people for staying in Maharashtra.

On the basis of the complaint, the EC served a notice to MNS chief Raj Thackeray, in which it said prima facie evidence established he had violated the model code of conduct. The EC has sought an explanation from him within a week.

In his complaint, Tiwari had said Thackeray had violated the code of conduct, which stipulates no party can seek votes on the lines of religion, race, caste, community or language. “On these grounds, the election of Shiv Sena’s Ramesh Prabhu to the state Assembly was cancelled by the court in 1980s,” he said.

The BJP leader said he had collected all the speeches made by Raj during the election campaign, in which the MNS leader urged voters to bring his party to power, promising that in return, employment in any industry created in Maharashtra would be given only to Maharashtrians.

Tiwari quoted Raj as having said, “No employment will be given to boys and girls from other states. Their entry will also be stopped and their enquiry will be started from the train itself. If you have no arrangement to live, no arrangement for work, then get out from the state.”

“Raj should be prosecuted immediately for his hate speech,” he said.

Tiwari said he would also approach the high court soon in this regard, if he failed to get a positive outcome from the EC. “If any MNS candidate is elected, his or her membership should also be cancelled,” he said.

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