New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday stated that Union Minister and BJP leader Anurag Thakur has violated Model Code of Conduct Representation of the People Act, 1951 by making ‘provocative statements’ and issued show cause notice to him.
“The Commission gives you an opportunity to explain your position in making the statement on or before 1200 hours of January 30, failing which the Commission shall take necessary decision without any further reference to you”, the Commission said in the notice.
Pointing out at the complaint against Mr Thakur, who is Minister of State for Finance, the poll body said that it has received a report from CEO of Delhi on January 28, that he have made statements after chanting: “Desh ke gaddaro ko’ and followed by response of the crowd ‘Goli maro saalo ko’ many times, while addressing a public meeting on January 27, at Mother Diary, Shamshan Ghat Road, Buddh Vihar, Rithala assembly constituency, in Delhi.
“You also made certain other objectionable statements in the meeting”, the Commission said and added that “the Commission is, prima facie, of the view that by making the aforesaid statements which have the potential of disturbing communal harmony and aggravating the existing differences between social and religious communities, you have violated the Model Code of Conduct and Representation of the People Act, 1951”.
The Congress had also approached the Commission on Tuesday and complained that Mr Thakur had allegedly encouraged the crowd in raising “controversial’ slogan against anti-CAA protesters.