SP Leader Azam Khan Barred From LS Campaigning


New Delhi: The Election Commission Of India on Tuesday has issued notice to Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, barring him from campaigning for two days starting on Wednesday. The decision came followed by his ‘provocative’ speeches which violated the Model Code Of Conduct.

At a rally in Rampur, Khan had allegedly said that Indian Muslim soldiers shouted slogans to fool the Pakistanis who mistook them for their own soldiers and came out of their cover after which the Indian soldiers defeated them.

ECI in the official letter stated that, the leader had not only made speeches against the district election machinery but also made public utterances on religious lines “that have the propensity to polarise elections which is not confined to the constituency only where the statement is made but to other parts as well due to fast dissemination of information in this digital age”.

The EC had earlier barred him from campaigning for three days for making objectionable comments against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada, who is contesting against him in Rampur on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket.