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EC notice to Giriraj Singh over 'communal' remarks

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IANS New Delhi
The Election Commission on Monday issued a showcause notice to Union Minister and BJP candidate from Bihar's Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency, Giriraj Singh, for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by making controversial remarks against Muslims.
The Commission cited Singh's comment at G.D. Collage in Begusarai on April 24 where he said: "The nation will never forgive them who can't say 'Vande Mataram' or cannot respect the motherland. My ancestors died at Simaria Ghat and did not need a grave but you need three arms' length of land."
Simaria Ghat is a cremation ground in the district located on the banks of river Ganga.
An FIR has already been lodged against Singh at Begusarai Town Police Station by the district administration.
In the notice, the Commission said Singh prima facie has violated the provisions of the MCC and the Representation of People Act, besides "wilfully" disobeying Supreme Court's order barring the use of caste and religion during electioneering.
It has asked Singh to respond within 24 hours of the receipt of the notice, failing which it would take a decision without further reference to him.
--IANS
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First Published: Apr 29 2019 | 9:06 PM IST

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