Kapil Mishra communal tweet: EC imposes 48 hour campaign ban on the BJP leader
New Delhi : The Election Commission has imposed a 48-hour campaigning ban on a BJP leader Kapil Mishra, effective from 5pm Saturday, after he made communal tweet in regards to protests at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi. He is contesting upcoming Assembly Elections from the Model Town constituency.
On Friday, the poll panel had raised objections on Kapil Mishra's tweet that described Shaheen Bagh, where hundreds of people are protesting against the CAA, as mini Pakistan. The tweet was taken down from the social media and later a police case was filed against the BJP leader.
In his tweet, Kapil Mishra had described Shaheen Bagh, where women and children have been protesting for almost a month now against the CAA, an entry point to 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," he posted in Hindi.
In his earlier tweets, he had described the upcoming Delhi elections as the battle of India and Pakistan.
Citing the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission said the comments violated the rule that forbids "aggravating differences or creating mutual hatred or causing tension between different communities".
However, Kapil Mishra said, "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".
Delhi will go for elections on February 8 and the counting of votes will be done on February 11.