FIR against Babul Supriyo, show cause notice to Giriraj Singh for hate speech

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The Election Commission on Monday ordered the filing of an FIR against BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate in Asansol, Babul Supriyo, for entering a polling booth in his constituency and interfering with the voting process.

The decision to book Supriyo came just hours after clash broke out immediately after Supriyo forcibly entered booth number 199. A video of Babul Supriyo being attacked and his car vandalised had gone viral.

“Election Commission directs to register FIR against Babul Supriyo, Union Minister and BJP candidate from Asansol Lok Sabha seat, for allegedly trespassing into booth number 199 and threatening a polling agent and an officer,” news agency ANI reported.

Eslewhere, BJP’s Begusarai candidate Giriraj Singh was served a showcause notice by the Election Commission on Monday for a hate speech targeting India’s Muslim community during his election campaign. He has 24 hours to respond to the notice served by the Election Commission.

Speaking at Begusarai’s GD College on 24 April, the motormouth BJP leader had said, “Who don’t say Vande Mataram, can’t worship motherland. My father and grandfather died by banks of Ganga and did not need a grave. But you need three-arm’s-length of land. If you don’t do it, the country will never forgive you.”

Polling in Begusarai on Monday was marred by reports of rigging as many voters accused the local administration of forcing them to vote for the BJP. Singh had won from Nawada in 2014, but the party changed his seat to Begusarai, where he was pitted against CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar and Tanweer Hassan of the RJD.

 

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