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EC seeks report on controversial remarks by Mulayam, Azam

Shah, a close aide of Modi, has received an Election Commission notice for a series of hate speeches in Muzaffarnagar in UP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

EC wants report on controversial remarks by Mulayam, Azam

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday sought a detailed report from poll authorities in Uttar Pradesh on the controversial remarks made by Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh and state minister Azam Khan during high-voltage campaigning for Lok Sabha polls.

“The chief electoral officer has been asked to provide us with CDs of the controversial statements. The district election officers have also been asked to submit detailed reports on the remarks at the earliest,” EC sources told PTI here.

While Yadav attracted EC's attention for his reported remarks that he will "destroy" BJP's Amit Shah, details on Azam Khan's 'Kargil' remarks have also been sought.

Union minister Ajit Singh's statement that to prevent communalisation, he could even throw BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi into sea has also attracted EC's attention. The poll body has also received complaints with regard to the remarks.

Addressing the media in Lucknow on Tuesday, Yadav had said it was unfortunate that people like Amit Shah were not behind bars. "People like him are making divisive speeches. We will fight BJP like we have and we will destroy Amit Shah," the Samajwadi Party chief had said.

EC has taken cognisance of the "destroy Amit Shah remark", the Commission sources said. Shah, a close aide of Modi, has received an Election Commission notice for a series of hate speeches in Muzaffarnagar in UP.

Sources said details of senior UP minister Azam Khan's 'Kargil' remarks have also been sought.

A SP leader, Khan kicked up controversy by saying that it was "Muslim soldiers" who fought for India's victory in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan.

Khan dragged the Kargil conflict into the ongoing high-voltage Lok Sabha campaign at an election rally in Ghaziabad on Monday. “Those who fought for victory in Kargil were not Hindu soldiers. In fact the ones who fought for our victory were Muslim soldiers,” he said in a speech.

The poll panel has also sought a report on RLD chief and Union minister Ajit Singh's remarks that if need be he can throw Modi into the sea. Addressing a rally in Baraut in Baghpat district of West UP, he said the region would burn in a communal fire if BJP came to power. "To prevent this, we can go to any extent, even if it means throwing Modi into the sea," he had said.

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First Published: Wed, April 09 2014. 20:18 IST