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EC warns BSP candidate from making intimidating speeches

india Updated: Apr 16, 2009 02:14 IST

The Election Commission has issued a warning to BSP candidate from Farukkhabad Parliamentary constituency Naresh Agarwal to refrain from making intimidating speeches in future.

“The Election Commission in its order issued yesterday has asked the BSP candidate to remain cautious while making speeches during election rallies in future,” Chief Electoral Officer Anuj Kumar Bishnoi told reporters in Lucknow on Wednesday.

Earlier on April 6, the EC had slapped a notice on Agarwal for allegedly intimidating voters and making derogatory remarks against a policeman during a rally in Etah district on March 24.

In the notice issued to Agarwal, the Commission stated that “it considered such threats as an electoral offence of undue influence on voters under section 171 (C) of the IPC and an obstacle in the conduct of free and fair election and affecting the morale of the district machinery conducting the polls.”

He was asked to submit his explanation by April 8, which the BSP candiate did on the scheduled date and also gave an explanation on April 10.

The notice was issued after Farukkhabad district magistrate had sent a report including transcript of the speech and the CD on March 26, which was forwarded to the EC on March 28.

Agarwal, during an election meeting held at Dumiri village in Etah district on March 24, allegedly threatened the voters and used derogatory remarks against a sub-inspector.