Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma can no longer be BJP's star campaigners: EC
Both the BJP leaders' controversial remarks faced severe criticism and complaints from all quarters including the opposition parties.
Taking action against the controversial remarks made by BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma, The Election Commission on Wednessday ordered their removal from the list of star campaigners for Delhi polls.
An order issued by the poll body on Wednesday barred the two leaders who made objectionable comments while campaigning during election rallies.
"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.
I covered three elections of this man's father, former Delhi CM, Sahib Singh ji. Never heard him spewing such venom against anti-community for winning elections. I think Parvesh, whose uses his father's name in hoardings, has been infected by the communal virus of BJP. https://t.co/SCFocTQQLg— Chetan Chauhan (@chetanecostani) January 28, 2020