New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Election Commission on Saturday imposed a 48-hour campaigning ban on BJP candidate from Delhi's Model Town constituency Kapil Mishra for his 'India vs Pakistan' remark. The ban order would come into force from 5 PM on Saturday, said the poll officials.

This came a day after the EC asked the Twitter to remove the controversial tweet by Mishra in which he likened the Delhi Assembly Elections to India versus Pakistan contest.

showcause notice has also been issued to Mishra by the Delhi CEO Office for "violation of the model code of conduct and the Representation of the People Act".

An FIR has also been lodged against Mishra under section 125 of the Representation of the People Act dealing with creating enmity among classes. 

In a tweet on Thursday, Mishra, who was a former minister in the Arvind Kejriwal Cabinet, had likened the February 8 Delhi election to a contest between India and Pakistan, sparking a controversy.

In a series of tweets, 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," Mishra had said in a tweet in Hindi.

Mishra, however, stood by statements and said that "speaking truth is not a crime in India". "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 had said.

Mishra, 39, was a former close aide of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. He, however, resigned from the party and publicly accused Kejriwal and a minister of corruption. Mishra is now contesting from Delhi's Model Town on a BJP ticket. 

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

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma