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EC censures Giriraj Singh for hate speech


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New Delhi: The Election Commission Wednesday censured BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his inflammatory speeches during his election campaign during which he asked people who opposed party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to “go to Pakistan”.

In a statement, the poll panel said that it is convinced that the Bharatiya Janata Party leader has made “highly provocative speech which had the impact of aggravating existing differences or create mutual hatred between different communities…” and it was thus violative of a provision of the Model Code of Conduct.

The Election Commission condemned the statement made by him during election meetings at  Deoghar and Bokaro in Jharkhand, and censured Giriraj Singh for misconduct.

In his speech April 18 while campaigning in Jharkhand, the BJP candidate, who had earlier called opponents of Modi “Pakistani elements”, said these people had no place in India and should be sent to Pakistan.

Two first information reports were lodged against Giriraj Singh –  one in Bokaro district and the second in Deoghar district of the state – on the  instructions of the Election Commission.

Singh is the Lok Sabha candidate from Nawada constituency in Bihar.