FIRs lodged against Azam Khan, Shah
FIRs Lodged Against Azam Khan, Shah, BJP leader Amit Shah and Samajwadi Party\'s senior minister Azam Khan, who have been banned by the Election Commission from addressing public meetings and rallies in Uttar Pradesh, were on Saturday booked under different cases for violating model code of conduct while campaigning in the state.
Lucknow/Rampur: BJP leader Amit Shah and Samajwadi Party's senior minister Azam Khan, who have been banned by the Election Commission from addressing public meetings and rallies in Uttar Pradesh, were on Saturday booked under different cases for violating model code of conduct while campaigning in the state. While two FIRs or first information reports were lodged against Shah for allegedly asking for votes on the grounds of caste and religion, one was filed against Mr Khan for his Kargil war remarks.
While announcing the ban, the poll panel had said the two leaders must be booked for making "highly inflammatory speeches." Both Shah and Khan have sought a review of the ban. "I will give my explanation to the Election Commission and will request for a review of the decision," Shah told reporters. Mr Khan sounded more defiant. Speaking in Rampur, he said he "merely stated the facts" and called himself a "true nationalist". He also said the EC's step was "premature" and alleged that he was not given a chance to explain his stand.
In Ghaziabad on Tuesday, Khan sparked a controversy by saying the Kargil war was won by Muslim soldiers. The panel has said that despite a notice sent to him, he was "still making derogatory and inflammatory statements." Khan has alleged that he is facing a ban and criminal charges as the Election Commission "had to strike a balance as they were anyway proceeding against Amit Shah." SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said the ban on campaigning imposed by Election Commission on UP minister Azam Khan was "inappropriate" and it has led to resentment among the people. He said the Commission should review the ban on Khan from holding public rally.