NEW DELHI: The Election Commission has ordered removal of Union Minister Anurag Thakur and BJP leader Parvesh Sahib Singh from the party's list of star campaigners for next month's Delhi Assembly elections for inciting communal frenzy during election rallies this week, according to an NDTV report.
According to the order, the removal will have immediate effect. EC’s action comes a day after it sent a show cause notice to Thakur over his comments and he was asked to respond by Thursday noon. The order does not bar the two from campaigning, but their travel expenses will be added to candidate's expenditure that is capped at 28 lakhs.
EC allows political parties to appoint star campaigners. While a recognized national or state party can have a maximum of 40 star campaigners, a registered un-recognised party can nominate a maximum of 20.
Thakur had courted trouble by urging a crowd to gun down traitors. Parvesh Sahib Singh , on the other hand, claimed those who staged sit-in protest at Shaheen Bagh against the controversial citizenship law "will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters".
Senior union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the party will study the order and respond, adding that the party was putting a balanced campaign with facts.
Delhi votes for a new 70-member Assembly on February 8 with results due three days later. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which won 67 of 70 seats in 2015 polls, is bidding for a second straight term, but is tipped to face fierce fight from the BJP, which won the remaining three seats last time out.
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