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Why are Election Commission, UP government shying away from action against Amit Shah asks Congress

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 9:59pm IST | Agency: PTI

Stepping up pressure against BJP over alleged hate remarks of Amit Shah and Vasundhara Raje, Congress today demanded immediate action against them wondering why the Uttar Pradesh government and the Election Commission were "shying away" in the matter.

"Why the Samajwadi Party government and the Election Commission are shying away from taking action and why the SP government was not fulfilling its law and order duty by arresting Shah?", party spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters.

Noting that Congress has filed a similar complaint against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to the EC for her remarks against a Congress candidate, he said while the EC has issued a notice today to Shah, no notice has been issued to Raje.

"We sincerely hope and request the EC to be bound by their consitutional obligations and duties and initiate action against Raje, Shah and all elements belonging to any political party who break the law," he said.

Replying to a question, he said he was not questioning the impartiality of EC but the "delay" in taking action. "When expeditious action was taken against the Congress candidate, I welcomed it on behalf of the party".

He charged Shah, who is out on bail from the Supreme Court and is in charge of BJP affairs in Uttar Pradesh, with unleashing "real hate propaganda which is truly reflective of Narendra Modi".


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