Meghalaya polls: Congress South Tura candidate slapped with EC notice on ‘hate speech’

Meghalaya polls: Congress South Tura candidate slapped with EC notice on ‘hate speech’

From our correspondent

Tura, Feb 13, 2018

Following a complaint by the National People’s Party (NPP), South Tura candidate for the Congress was slapped a notice by the Election Commission for holding a campaign meeting without permission as well as using ‘hate speech’ to incite communal feelings.

According to the NPP complaint, Grithalson Arengh and his supporters held a meeting at New Walbakgre on Feb 9 where he allegedly used inflammatory words against both the NPP and the BJP. The complaint alleged that the Congress candidate in his speech had stated that if the NPP and the BJP were voted to power, Christianity would be eliminated from the state of Meghalaya.

Arengh has been asked to reply to the show cause notice by Tuesday failing which action would be taken as per rules of the Election Commission of India (ECI).

The notice stated, “Whereas, a complaint has been filed by Mathias N Marak, General Secretary NPP, Nodal Office, on the 10th February 2018, Saturday, that you and your supporters have made inflammatory speeches against BJP and NPP on the 9th February 2018 around 7:30 PM at New Walbakgre, Tura and whereas, it has also been alleged by the complainant that you have stated in your speech that “If these two parties are voted to power in 2018 Christianity would be eliminated from Meghalaya” which is objectionable and inflammatory, inciting the communal feelings of the people.”

The notice also mentioned that the Congress candidate had not sought permission with the Returning Officer (RO) to hold the meeting despite model code already being in force.

“Your intention to hold meeting during such critical time period without seeking permission is construed to be a deliberate attempt on your part to willfully violate the Model Code of conduct and rules,” said the show cause.



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