The Election Commission on Wednesday suspended two senior officials of Pilbhit district of Uttar Pradesh and transferred two others on the charge of failing to act against BJP Lok Sabha candidate Varun Gandhi for his alleged inflammatory speech.While the Additional District Magistrate and Additional SP were suspended the DM and SP have been shifted and would not be given any election related work, Additional Chief Election Officer Amrit Abhijat said. Holding that his anti-Muslim speeches amount to violation of the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission on Wednesday slapped notices on Varun Gandhi and BJP seeking their response by Friday, even as it ordered video tracking of his entire campaign.
“The Commission is of the opinion that the above action on your part amounts to violation of the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct,” the EC said in its notice, referring to the speeches made by Gandhi in Mohalla Dalchand, Kotwali Pilibhit and Kasba Barkheda in Uttar Pradesh on March 7 and 8. “Therefore, you are called upon to explain by 11 hours on March 20 as to why action should not be taken against you,” the EC said, a day after filing a criminal case against Gandhi for his inflammatory utterances.
In its notice to BJP President, the EC said that it was of the opinion that the action of Gandhi as a member of BJP amounted to violation of Model Code of Conduct and asked it to reply by Friday as to why the party disregarded and violated the provisions of the Code.The Commission said it has received a report of the District Election Officer, Pilibhit, yesterday stating that “Gandhi have violated the Model Code of Conduct by inciting communal feeling through your speeches”. A copy of the CD was sent to both Gandhi and the party.