Warning political leaders against making hate speeches, the Election Commission on Monday said there will be strict and "ruthless" enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct during Delhi polls and it will have zero tolerance against such occurrences.
Stepping up its campaign against Narendra Modi, Congress Tuesday released video clips of alleged "hate speeches" of several BJP, Sangh Parivar and Shiv Sena leaders and demanded their arrest for "trading in the politics of poison" by committing the "sin" of "stoking communal fire".
Concerned over "lack" of prompt action by poll authorities against those making hate speeches, the Election Commission has directed field officials to take immediate action against politicians who vitiate the atmosphere during electioneering.
Terming as "disturbing" the Election Commission order banning Narendra Modi`s close aide Amit Shah, accused of making hate speeches, from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, BJP on Friday urged the poll body to review its order and give him a hearing in the interest of natural justice.
Refusing to grant exemption from personal hearing to Maharashtra Navanirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and spokesperson Shirish Parkar, a Delhi court issued non-bailable warrants against them on a complaint of making hate speeches.
The Supreme Court on Monday asked MNS
chief Raj Thackeray to desist from making provocative speeches
targeting North Indians, which has led to several criminal
cases being lodged against him in different parts of the