New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Election Commission on Thursday banned BJP leader and Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur for 72 hours from campaigning while Parvesh Verma for 96 hours, over their alleged inflammatory speeches made at election rallies

This comes a day after it ordered Thakur and Verma from BJP's list of star campaigners for the upcoming assembly polls in Delhi.

"The Election Commission has ordered the removal of Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma from the list of star campaigners of the Bharatiya Janata Party for the general elections to the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi with immediate effect and until further orders," the order by the poll body stated.  

The EC has also issued a showcause notice to Thakur and sought a response from Verma for his inapt statement against the sit-in by protesters in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh.

The notice says that the EC received a report from the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Tuesday, which said Thakur chanted "desh ke gaddaron ko" and the crowd responded, saying "goli maro sa*** ko" (shoot down the traitors) several times, while addressing a public meeting in Delhi's Rithala Assembly constituency on Monday.

On the other hand, Verma during a rally in Tuesday had said that what happened in Kashmir could also happen in Delhi. "Lakhs of people gather there (Shaheen Bagh). People of Delhi will have to think and take a decision. They will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters, kill them. There is time today, Modi Ji and Amit Shah won't come to save you tomorrow...," he had said.

The statements of both the BJP leaders evoked sharp reactions from several quarters.

The voting for the Delhi Assembly is scheduled to take place on February 8. The counting will begin on February 11.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma