EC bans Anurag Thakur for 72 hours, Parvesh Verma for 96 hours from campaigning
New Delhi/IBNS: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday banned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma, from campaigning for 72 and 96 hours respectively over their controversial remarks in the run up to the Delhi assembly elections which will be held on Feb 8.
Thakur on Monday courted a row by giving a call to "shoot the traitors" while lashing out at the Shaheen Bagh protestors.
The Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, during a rally in poll-bound Delhi a day ago was heard giving slogans, "Desh ke gaddaron ko (the traitors of the country)," to which people in the crowd responded saying, "goli maaro sa**o ko (shoot them down)".
Verma courted a row on Tuesday by saying the protestors at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh will enter into homes and rape women.
Referring to the dark days of ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits from Jammu and Kashmir, Verma told ANI, "These people had raped Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir... Now they have come to Delhi. They will enter the houses of Delhi and rape daughters, sisters. People of Delhi must keep all these things in mind because Narendra Modi and Amit Shah will not be there to save them at that time."
Prior to that, Lok Sabha MP from West Delhi on Monday said all mosques in his constituencies will be demolished if the BJP comes to power in Delhi which will go to polls on Feb 8.
All protestors from Shaheen Bagh will be removed within an hour if BJP comes to power, Verma had said.
The EC on Tuesday asked the BJP to remove both the leaders of the party's star campaigner list.