Lok Sabha Elections: Election Commission issues notice to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has said that BJP should ensure the defeat of CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar even “at the cost of tampering EVM”

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In the Lok Sabha election month, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has been issued a notice by the Mumbai district election officer over his remarks against Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Kanhaiya Kumar. Raut on Sunday had said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should ensure Kumar’s defeat “even at the cost of tampering with EVM.”

In the notice, Mumbai District Election Officer Shivaji Jondhale said that the remarks made by Raut reflects “lack of faith in the EVMs and muddying the electoral process.” The notice was issued to the Shiv Sena MP on Monday, asking him to respond by April 3. 

The Election Commission will take further action in the matter after Sanjay Raut responds to the notice issued for violating the model code of conduct ahead of the LS polls. In an article published in Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece – Saamana, Raut called Kanhaiya a “bottle of poison” which should not get elected in Lok Sabha.

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Kumar, former Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) President, is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Begusarai constituency in Bihar against the opposition alliance in the state and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Giriraj Singh. 

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