EC asks Twitter to take down BJP leader Kapil Mishra's tweet likening upcoming Delhi polls to India vs Pakistan contest
The Election Commission has asked Twitter to remove a controversial tweet by BJP's Kapil Mishra in which he likened the election in the city to an India versus Pakistan contest.
The Election Commission has asked Twitter to remove a controversial tweet by BJP's Kapil Mishra in which he likened the election in the city to an 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
The Delhi CEO Office has also issued a show-cause notice to Mishra, who has been fielded by the BJP from the Model Town constituency
New Delhi: The Election Commission has asked Twitter to remove a controversial tweet by BJP's Kapil Mishra, a candidate for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls, in which he likened the election in the city to an 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 show-cause notice to Mishra, who has been fielded by the BJP from the Model Town constituency, they said.
"We took cognisance of the tweet, and wrote to EC last night seeking its removal. The EC then asked Twitter to remove his tweet. The tweet is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and the Representation of the People Act, so we have taken action," Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh said.
"We have also issued a show cause notice to Kapil Mishra," he said.
In the tweet on Thursday, Mishra, a former minister in the Arvind Kejriwal cabinet, said the 8 February election will be a contest between India and Pakistan in Delhi.
In its criticism of opposition parties over their protest against the citizenship law, the BJP has been accusing them of speaking "Pakistan's language".
Authorities at the Delhi CEO Office had earlier said that social media posts are being constantly monitored to check for any provocative or inflammatory posts or tweets being made by users, related to the polls.
The election will be a triangular fight involving the Aam Aadmi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Congress.
Polling will be held on 8 February and the results declared on 11 February.
In a series of tweets in Hindi on Thursday, Mishra had also lashed out at anti-CAA protesters in Shaheen Bagh and other places in the city.
"India vs Pakistan 8th February Delhi. There will a contest on Delhi road's between India and Pakistan on 8 February."
8 फरवरी को दिल्ली की सड़कों पर हिंदुस्तान और पाकिस्तान का मुकाबला होगा
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) January 23, 2020
"Pakistan has already entered Shaheen Bagh and small pockets of Pakistan are being created in Delhi," he had tweeted.
In another post, Mishra claimed that the BJP will win the February 8 polls and Kejriwal will resign from his post when votes are counted.
The former AAP leader was removed as a minister by Kejriwal in 2017. Last year, he was also disqualified as AAP MLA under the anti-defection law. Mishra faces AAP MLA Akhileshpati Tripathi in the elections.
Nominations of nearly 700 candidates for the Delhi elections were found to be valid by poll authorities after scrutiny, officials said on Thursday.
According to the final electoral roll, over 1.46 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led party extended its support to the demands of youth for the roll back of the scheme but made a fervent appeal to the protesters to exercise their right to protest in a democratic manner, instead of resorting to vanadalism and arson
AAP candidate for the seat Durgesh Pathak and former party MLA from the constituency and now Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha also reached out to the supporters amid cheering from party cadres who lined the streets designated for the event in Regarpura area
The Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India-Marxist, All India Trinamool Congress and National People's Party are the eight national parties recognised by the Election Commission