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Delhi Elections: Big blow to BJP as EC orders removal of Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma as star campaigners

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 January 2020, 14:24 IST

The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered the Bharatiya Janta party to remove Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma from its list of star campaigners for the ensuing Delhi polls over their controversial remarks.

As per the order issued by the EC, two BJP leaders who made objectionable comments while campaigning during election rallies have been barred from campaigning.

"The Election Commission has ordered the removal of Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma from the list of star campaigners of the Bharatiya Janata Party for the general elections to the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi with immediate effect and until further orders," it stated.

During an election rally here, BJP leader and Union minister Thakur egged on the crowd to raise an incendiary slogan -- "traitors should be shot at" -- after he lashed out at anti-CAA protesters, officials said. West Delhi MP Verma on Tuesday said what happened in Kashmir with Kashmiri Pandits could happen in Delhi, warning that lakhs of anti-CAA protesters in Shaheen Bagh could enter homes to kill and rape women.

On the other hand, Verma, who has created controversy with his remarks over anti-CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, claimed to have received a threat from an unknown caller. The MP from the West Delhi posted on Twitter a screenshot of the phone call that he received at 8.11 AM.

He said he will lodge a police complaint in this regard.

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First published: 29 January 2020, 14:24 IST
 
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