Poll panel notice to BJP candidate for inflammatory remarks

April 2nd, 2009 - 5:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) The Election Commission Thursday issued a notice to Anant Kumar Hegde, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate from Uttar Kannada, for making inflammatory remarks in a poll meeting.
The poll panel said it has come to its notice that Hedge conducted a election meeting in Mundgod in his constituency March 21, where he made a statement that “if Muslims do not stop violence, it will be difficult to celebrate Id-Milad”.

In a statement issued here, the Election Commission said Hegde’s remarks violate the model code of conduct and also invite punishment under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 125 of the Representation of People Act, 1951.

“Now, therefore, the commission has decided to afford you an opportunity to explain your stand why action should not be taken against you for the said violation of the provisions of the model code of conduct and other laws made in this behalf,” the poll panel said in its notice to Hegde.

The panel has given the BJP leader two days to submit his response.

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