EC orders BJP to remove Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Sahib from star campaigners list for Delhi poll
Acting against the controversial statements made by Union minister Anurag Thakur and BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh, the Election Commission has ordered the BJP to remove them for its list of star campaigners for the 2020 Delhi assembly election.
In a press statement, the Election Commission said the BJP must remove the two from its star campaigner list with immediate effect.
"Election Commission has ordered the removal of Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh from the list of star campaigners of Bhartiya Janata Party for the general elections to the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi with immediate effect and until further orders," the Election Commission said in the statement.
The Election Commission's action comes days after the two BJP leaders made controversial remarks in their public addresses during election campaign in Delhi.
On January 27, while addressing an election rally in Delhi, Anurag Thakur, who is Union Minister of State for Finance, led his supporters to chant the slogan: "Desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maro sa**lon ko."
A day later, the Election Commission issued notice to Anurag Thakur, asking him to explain his statement.
BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh, the other BJP leader against whom the Election Commission has acted, in a statement had vilified the people of Shaheen Bagh and said they will "enter your homes and rape and kill your daughters and sisters" and that only Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Amit Shah can save the people.
The Election Commission has also asked Delhi's chief election officer to provide full transcripts of Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Sahib Singh's speeches alongwith videos.
Meanwhile, Congress leaders Ajay Maken and Subhash Chopra too had approached the Election Commission and registered complaints against Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Sahib for making inflammatory and instigating remarks ahead of the Delhi elections.