EC bans Congress’ Randeep Surjewala from campaigning for 48-years over remarks on Hema Malini | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Tuesday banned Congress leader Randeep Surjewala from campaigning for 48-hours over his alleged derogatory remarks against BJP MP Hema Malini. This move marks the first campaign ban issued by the Election Commission during this Lok Sabha election cycle.
The Election Commission had issued a show-cause notice to Surjewala last Tuesday regarding his comments, which were described as “undignified, uncivilised, and vulgar” towards Hema Malini.After reviewing Surjewala’s response, the poll body condemned his statements and reprimanded him for misconduct.
Under Article 324 of the Constitution and its empowered authority, the Election Commission prohibited Surjewala from engaging in various campaign activities, including public meetings, rallies, road shows, and media appearances related to the ongoing elections, for a period of 48 hours starting from 6 pm on April 16.
In its notice, the Election Commission deemed Surjewala’s remarks as highly inappropriate and potentially violative of the Model Code of Conduct and the advisory issued to parties the previous month.
Amit Malviya, the head of BJP’s IT cell, shared a video without a date stamp, showing Surjewala allegedly making derogatory comments about the actor-politician while criticizing the BJP. Surjewala in response, accused the BJP’s IT cell of distorting facts and spreading falsehoods.
(With agency inputs)

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