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Show of defiance: Azam tells EC to not act like god

Show of defiance: Azam tells EC to not act like god
‘The Election Commission cannot behave like god! Instead it should adopt a line of action best suited for democracy and in the spirit of the Constitution,’ Khan told reporters here.

The controversial UP minister also asked the poll body to ‘exhibit courage’ and cancel his membership of the UP assembly.

The EC on 23 April issued a fresh show-cause notice to Khan for reportedly making objectionable remarks against it and circumventing a ban imposed on him from campaigning in UP.

The show-cause notice was issued to Khan days after the EC banned him from campaigning in the state following his controversial ‘Kargil’ remarks.

Khan said, ‘I don’t need any person’s kindness or leniency since I have been acknowledged as a man of principles and high ideals from the beginning of my political career.’

The senior SP leader alleged that the EC behaved differently and in a partial manner with him because he was a Muslim.

‘A person (Amit Shah) who has widely been termed as a hooligan or assassin of humanity by different political bodies as well as widely acknowledged personalities representing social, religious and political fields was allowed to deliver speeches and campaign for BJP’s candidates, but because I happen to be a Muslim so the EC has taken action against me,’ he said.

Khan had hit out at the EC last month for banning his rallies in UP, saying, ‘It is not above law’. ‘In a democracy, to make us silent and punish us like this is absolutely wrong. It shows the country that the EC is turning into a CBI,’ he said.

EC acted in ‘haste’ on FIR against Modi: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday questioned the EC’s order for registration of an FIR against Narendra Modi and said it acted in ‘haste and anger’ and the interpretation given by it may fall foul of constitutional provisions. Jaitley said the poll body has missed out the larger vision as the meaning of criminal law cannot be stretched out. ‘When constitutional institutions react in haste and even anger, they miss out the larger vision. Criminal law provisions are to be strictly construed. Their meaning can’t be stretched out. A public meeting is a public meeting; the media byte is not a public meeting. If media is to be prosecuted for displaying comments of politicians on a voting day such a provision will fall foul of constitutional guarantee of free speech since it is not covered by the prescribed restrictions under Article 19 (2),’ he said on his blog.
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