The Election Commission on Thursday sought a report from Delhi Chief Electoral officer on Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kapil Mishra’s tweet insinuating that the electoral battle in the upcoming Delhi assembly polls is a fight between India and Pakistan. The EC directed the officer to submit the report in 24 hours.
Sources say that the Election Commission is mulling over taking stringent action against Mishra.
On January 23, he tweeted, ” “India and Pakistan would fight on the streets of Delhi on February 8.”
Mishra confirmed that he received a notice from the Election Commission regarding the matter but refused to go back on his statement, saying that he did not commit a crime by “speaking truth.”
“I received a notice from Election Commission last night, I’ll give my reply today. I don’t think I said anything wrong. Speaking truth is not a crime in this country. I spoke the truth. I stand by my statement,” he said.
Mishra is a BJP candidate for the in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections contesting from Model Town constituency.
He had posted various controversial statements earlier, the most recent one being a tweet alluding to the Anti-CAA protestors in Shaheen Bagh as motivated by Pakistan.
Mishra further mentioned in the tweet that several “small Pakistans” are being created in certain pockets of Delhi which includes Shaheen Bagh, Chand Bagh, Inderlok.
“Pakistan has already entered Shaheen Bagh. A number of small Pakistan are being created in Delhi. Indian law is not being followed in Shaheen Bagh, Chand Bagh, Inderlok. Pakistani rioters have taken over the streets of Delhi,” he tweeted.
It is to be noted that Mishra is a former AAP member who joined the BJP last year.
On Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party wrote a letter to the Election Commission demanding cancellation of his nomination from Model Town constituency.
Delhi Assembly elections will be held on February 8 while counting of votes will be conducted on February 11. The ruling AAP is locked in a triangular contest with the BJP and the Congress but is favourite to retain the Union Territory.
Courtesy : DNA