New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Election Commission has asked Twitter to remove a controversial tweet by BJP’s Kapil Mishra, a candidate for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, in which he likened the February 8 polls to India versus Pakistan contest. 

The Election Commission's action came after the office of the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer wrote to the EC to remove the tweet posted by Mishra on Thursday, EC officials said.

The Delhi CEO Office has also issued a showcause notice to Mishra, who has been fielded by the BJP from the Model Town constituency, they said.

On the other hand, Mishra refused to apologise for the remarks he made in his tweet. "I received a notice from Election Commission last night, I'll give my reply today. I don't think I said anything wrong. Speaking truth is not a crime in this country. I spoke the truth. I stand by my statement," he said. 

In his tweet on Friday, Mishra had referred to Shaheen Bagh, one of the most prominent cites of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as an entry point for Pakistan.

"Pakistan is entering through Shaheen Bagh and mini-Pakistans are being created in Delhi...Shaheen Bagh, Chand Bagh, Inderlok. The law is not followed here and Pakistani rioters are occupying the roads," read his tweet in Hindi. 

In another post, he had compared the February 8 Delhi election to an "India vs Pakistan" clash.

Mishra had tweeted in response to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP candidate from Patparganj Assembly seat Manish Sisodia's comment that he stands with the people of Shaheen Bagh.

 

Clause 1 (1) of the Model Code of Conduct stipulates as under: No party or candidate shall include in any activity, which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different caste and communities, religious or linguistic.

"And, whereas Section 123 (3A) of the Representation of People's Act, 1951 defines the corrupt practice as under -- the promotion of, or attempt to promote feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of the citizens of India on grounds of caste, religion, race, community or language by a candidate or his agent or any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate," the notice read.

"Therefore, your act is deemed to be a violation of the aforesaid provision of the model code of conduct and the Representation Act and the same is punishable under provisions of law," the RO said.

"Hence, you are requested to explain as to why action under the provisions of law should not be initiated against you," the RO said, adding that his reply should reach to the poll panel officer by 12.30 p.m. on Friday.

Lal also said that if he fails to give his reply or his reply is found unsatisfactory, action against Mishra will be taken without any further notice.

The election for the 70-member Delhi Assembly is on February 8 and counting of votes will take place in February 11. 

In its criticism of opposition parties over their protest against the citizenship law, the BJP has been accusing them of speaking "Pakistan's language". 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta