Lok Sabha Election

Showcause notice to Giriraj Singh for his communal remarks

Giriraj Singh with the BJP president Amit Shah during an election rally at Begusarai in Bihar.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

The Election Commission on Monday issued a showcause notice to Union Minister and the BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his communal remarks.

The EC said, prima facie, Mr. Singh has violated the provisions of the model code and directions of the Supreme Court which had said that religion cannot be used while making statements during campaigning.

He has been given 24 hours to respond to the notice. Taking suo motu cognizance, the Begusarai district administration in Bihar had on April 25 booked Mr. Singh for violating the model code of conduct and the Representation of the People Act by making controversial remarks against Muslims at a rally on April 24, where the BJP president Amit Shah was also present.

Addressing the rally in Begusarai, Mr. Singh had said in Hindi, “Those who cannot say Vande Mataram or cannot respect the motherland, the nation will never forgive them. My ancestors died at the Simaria Ghat and did not need a grave but you need three handspans of space.”

In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, he was barred from campaigning in Bihar and Jharkhand for communal remarks.

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