The Election Commission has issued a show-cause notice on Thursday (January 30) after BJP MP from West Delhi Pravesh Saheb Singh Verma was called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a ‘terrorist’. In the notice issued by the commission, Verma has been asked to present his case in this matter till 5 pm on January 31. The Commission has taken this action on the basis of a complaint made by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on 29 January.
According to the notice, on January 29, AAP had complained to Verma, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi, to take appropriate action against him under the election rules. According to the notice, in a conversation with a news channel, Verma made sensational accusations on Kejriwal and described him as a ‘terrorist’. The commission has stated Verma’s statement as prima facie a violation of the Election Code of Conduct and asked him to present his case in this regard.
It is noteworthy that the Commission has banned Verma from campaigning for four days on Thursday (January 30) in another case of making controversial statements during campaigning in Delhi Assembly elections. The Commission also prevented Union Minister Anurag Thakur from campaigning for three days in the Delhi Assembly elections in another matter of disputed statement.
Earlier, on Wednesday (January 29), the commission has also issued an order to exclude Thakur and Verma from the list of BJP’s star campaigners for violating the election code of conduct by making controversial statements in the election campaign. The commission had ordered the two leaders to be prima facie excluded from the list of BJP’s star campaigners for making controversial statements that sparked social confrontation in the Delhi elections.