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EC bans KCR from campaigning for 48 hours over his 'derogatory' statements against Congress
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EC bans KCR from campaigning for 48 hours over his 'derogatory' statements against Congress

| @indiablooms | 01 May 2024, 09:52 pm

Hyderabad/IBNS: The Election Commission Wednesday banned  K Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR, from campaigning for 48 hours over his "derogatory" statements against the Congress.

The 48-hour ban was imposed at 8 pm this evening.

"The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) president has been barred from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, shows and interviews, and public utterances in media in connection with the ongoing election for two days, the Election Commission said "strongly condemning his impugned statements".

The Congress had complained to the election panel on April 6 about certain "objectionable" remarks issued by KCR at a press meet in Telangana's Sircilla town a day earlier.

The commission had earlier issued a show-cause notice to KCR over the alleged remarks.

Responding to the notice on April 23, the former Chief Minister had denied the charge.

He pointed out that the meaning of his original statement has been lost in translation: "The officers in charge of election in Telangana and Sircilla are not Telugu people and they hardly understand the local dialect of Telugu."

He also accused Congress of picking some sentences from his press conference out of context. "The English translation of the sentences is not correct and twisted," he said.

KCR insisted that he had limited his criticism to the policies and programmes of the Congress.

He maintained that he had not gone into personal aspects of any Congress leader as the Election Commission said.

However, the Election Commission has found that the BRS chief "has violated the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct" after going through the content of the Congress complaint and KCR's response.

K Chandrashekar Rao is the second politician to have been banned from campaigning for 48 hours after Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

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