EC censures BJP MP for violation of poll code

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 12, 2018 Published on January 12, 2017

Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao

Rules Sakshi Maharaj guilty of stoking enmity between religious groups

The Election Commission has “censured” BJP parliamentarian Sakshi Maharaj for making statements that could promote enmity between different religious groups.

The MP from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh had made the disparaging remarks at a meeting in Meerut on January 6.

The Commission’s action comes after it examined the Sakshi Maharaj’s reply that he did not violate the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) as the remark was not made at a public or election meeting.

“The Commission has considered your reply and has not found it satisfactory because in the Commission’s considered view, supported by observations of the Supreme Court that any statement to the effect of promoting enmity between different classes of society in connection with election on the grounds of religion made during electioneering or otherwise, is violative of the MCC,” the Commission said in its order.

The order from the Commission adds that it expects Maharaj, as a reputed political leader/MP, to be more circumspect in his public utterances during election time. “You may also take a note that in case of any violation of MCC in future, the Commission shall take stern actions against you, using all powers available to it,” the order.

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Published on January 12, 2017
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