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India-Pak contest tweet on Delhi polls taken out of context: Mishra to EC

India-Pak contest tweet on Delhi polls taken out of context: Mishra to EC



New Delhi, Jan 24 (UNI) Under fire over his tweets drawing comparison of coming Delhi Assembly Elections with India vs Pakistan contest, Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate from Model Town Assembly constituency Kapil Mishra on Friday told the Election Commission that his tweets were taken 'out of context'.

In his response to the showcause notice by the Returning Officer, the BJP candidate said that his tweets were not related to do with polls in Delhi. These remarks, said Mishra, were not stated during an election rally, so he should not be held responsible of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which has come into force after the announcement of poll schedule in Delhi.

“I was responding to Manish Sisodia, the star campaigner of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) who had stated that he stands with the protesters of Shaheen Bagh. Sisodia’s comments at the peak of Delhi election campaign is a blatant attempt to derive political mileage from a prevailing law and order situation purely on religious lines,” Mr Mishra said in his reply.

“It is likely that in these protests, there are separatists and rogue elements from across the border, using women as shield to propagate their seditious ideals and hurt India administratively and economically. Falsehood is being spread with respect to the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 to create panic and fear among Indian citizens who are not even affected by the said act in any manner. This is a well-known tactic played by our western neighbours Pakistan, who have not allowed the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to prosper and has attacked it through proxies, mujahideens in all these decades to hurt aspirations of locals intending to turn them against the Union of India,” Mr Mishra said.

Elements across the border from Pakistan solely intend to destabilise our nation and such irresponsible conduct/statements by our leaders in powers, namely the star campaigner, is playing into their hands,” he further said in his statement.

Mishra also appealed to the protesters in Shaheen Bagh to end their protest, saying “we should not fall in the trap of seditious groups funded by Pakistan”.

“The protesters in Shaheen Bagh are neither in my constituency nor my voters hence my statement will have no impact on them,” he said.

“I swear by the Constitution of India and abide by its values. I stand by my country and like in the past have always upheld interests of the nation over and above everything,” he added.

On Thursday, Mishra had posted on Twitter that the upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi are going to be a match between India and Pakistan, alleging that Pakistan-backed groups are present in Shaheen Bagh, where a protest against the CAA has been going on for over a month.

Mishra later defended his tweets and said whatever has been said is true, and that he will not delete his tweets.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has, meanwhile, written to micro-blogging website Twitter to delete Mr Mishra’s tweets. The ECI said that his post is “highly objectionable” and “appeals to communal feelings”.

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