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Election Commission seeks report on Kapil Mishra’s ‘mini Pakistan in Delhi’ tweets

Election Commission seeks report on Kapil Mishra’s ‘mini Pakistan in Delhi’ tweets
BJP candidate from Model Town Kapil Mishra along with Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan during a road show before filing the nomination for the upcoming Delhi assembly election on January 21. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has sought a report from the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on tweet posted by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Kapil Mishra on Delhi Assembly elections, reports news agency ANI.

The ECI has asked the report to be submitted within 24 hours.

Mishra had said in the tweet that the assembly elections on February 8 will be like an India-Pakistan match.

He had further explained his tweets and claimed that the protest against citizenship law in Shaheen Bagh is Pakistan sponsored. “Pakistan has entered Shaheen Bagh. Mini Pakistans are being created in Delhi. The Indian law is not followed in areas like Shaheen Bagh, Chand Bagh and Inderlok. Pakistani hooligans have captured the streets of Delhi,” Mishra said in his tweet posted in Hindi on Thursday.

He also said that mini Pakistans are being created in Delhi by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress and that these seditious people will get an answer from patriotic Indians on February 8. “AAP and Congress have created these mini-Pakistans, like the one in Shaheen Bagh. They will get the answer from India on February 8. Whenever seditious people create a Pakistan in India, they will come face-to-face with patriotic Indians,” Mishra said.

Mishra was removed as minister by Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in 2017. Last year, he was also disqualified as AAP lawmaker under the anti-defection law.

He joined the BJP in August last year.

Mishra, who has often found himself in controversy, is a BJP candidate from Model Town in north Delhi. He faces AAP MLA Akhileshpati Tripathi.

Mishra was criticised for a tweet with communal overtones during Diwali last year. The post was later taken down by Twitter for violating its guidelines.

The Aam Aadmi Party had complained to the Election Commission on Wednesday alleging “wrongful acceptance of nomination forms of BJP candidate Kapil Mishra from Model Town constituency” and demanded cancellation of his candidature.

Delhi, which has 70 seats, is slated to go to polls on February 8. The counting of votes will take place on February 11.

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