Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Election Commission on Wednesday censured Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi`s close aide Amit Shah and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for `highly inflammatory speeches.`
The recent developments have come on the heels of EC banning the two political leaders from holding public meetings, processions or road shows in Uttar Pradesh.
In a letter to the UP government, the EC has asked the authorities in UP to lodge FIRs against Shah and Azam and initiate criminal proceedings against them if it has not been done yet.
Six FIRs have been registered against Khan for making provocative speeches in Ghaziabad, Rampur, Shamli, Moradabad, Nehtaur and Afzalgarh.
It has further asked the authorities to ensure that no act of commission or omission is resorted to by the two leaders that can affect public tranquility.
The tough stand was taken by the EC at a top-level meeting of Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath and Election Commissioners HS Brahma and SNA Zaidi where the poll body exercised its constitutional powers to prevent the two leaders from further vitiating the poll atmosphere.