EC lifts ban on Amit Shah’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh

Updated - November 16, 2021 07:22 pm IST

Published - April 18, 2014 12:01 am IST - New Delhi

In a major relief to Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah, the Election Commission (EC) on Thursday lifted its ban on his participation in Lok Sabha poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh after he assured the poll body that he would not disturb the public tranquillity and law and order.

The Commission allowed Mr. Shah to hold public meetings, public rallies and roadshows and take out public processions in U.P., an EC order said.

Only on Wednesday, the EC had “censured” Mr. Shah for his controversial “revenge” remarks. On April 11, it had ordered the U.P. government to ban Mr. Shah and U.P. minister Azam Khan from campaigning in the state following their controversial remarks.

Mr. Shah had landed in a major controversy for his remarks that the general election was an opportunity to seek “revenge for the insult” inflicted during the riots in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh last year.

“ln your representation, you have stated, inter alia, that you undertake on oath that I shall not use abusive or derogatory language in the campaign and shall not make any utterances violative of model code of conduct...” the EC order on Thursday said.

The Commission also noted that Mr. Shah had pledged that he will in no manner give cause to be accused as having indulged in any act of commission or omission which has the effect of prejudicially affecting the public tranquillity and law & order.

“The Commission, having considered your aforesaid assurance/undertaking, has decided to modify its order dated , April 11, 2014 to the effect that permission may be granted for holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies’ road shows’ etc” by the concerned district administration authorities where you are expected or likely to participate,” the order said.

While giving him a “second chance” the Commission said it will “closely monitor Mr. Shah’s campaign by constant video tracking by concerned district election authorities.

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