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Reconsider your notice: Amit Shah to Election Commission

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 10:09pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

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BJP leader Amit Shah today urged the Election Commission to reconsider its notice to him for his alleged "revenge" remarks claiming the same have not been recorded in the right perspective.

Shah, in his reply to the EC, while denying having violated the Model Code of Conduct has sought a copy of the CD of his speech made in western Uttar Pradesh from the poll body, to which the Commission will take a view tomorrow.

BJP also put in a request to EC asking for the transcript of Shah's speech alleging it contains certain unwarranted insertions, apparently introduced by the UP administration, due to which the speech is not read in the right context.

The party and Shah also denied having used the word "revenge" in his speech and charged the administration in Uttar Pradesh with working under Samajwadi Party government's influence for putting non-existent words such as badla (revenge) in the mouth of Shah.

Party leader R Ramakrishnan said a sentence from his speech made in Bijnore has been "deliberately omitted".

"The omission of this sentence and the unwarranted introduction of the words "badla" make it appear that there was an exhortation to violence and revenge whereas Shri Amit Shah was only talking about change through the ballot box.

"In fact, the Bijnor text, read along with Shamli text, is a confirmation of the fact that the core appeal is to resort to the ballot box for vindicating their grievances rather than resorting to retaliation," BJP said.

Ramakrishna said that besides serious evidence of "doctoring", the transcript shows the "administration is deliberately keeping back the full text of the speeches, such that the Commission and the court may not keep the whole context in view. Any extract of a speech, as contrasted with a full text, can be tailored to give a flawed reading rather than an objective reading."

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