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EC imposes 48-hour ban on Himachal BJP chief

The Election Commission on Friday put a 48-hour prohibition on BJP’s Himachal Pradesh president Satpal Singh Satti from campaign activities for allegedly using an expletive against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Taking cognisance of Mr. Satti’s derogatory remark in Solan on April 13, the poll panel reprimanded him and restrained him from campaigning and giving any political statements for 48 hours beginning 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The order also prohibits the BJP leader from giving any statement in the media in connection with the election process.

The police have already registered an FIR on the issue.

‘Inadequate’ ban

Himachal Congress president Kuldeep Rathore termed the ban on Mr. Satti “inadequate”, saying he should have been banned from campaigning till the completion of the election process.

State BJP general secretary Chander Mohan Thakur said, “BJP leaders do not engage in indecent remarks.”

(With PTI inputs)

Source: thehindu.com

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