Rajasthan Polls: EC clean chit to Amit Shah, Raj Babbar

The election Department of Rajasthan on Wednesday gave a clean chit to BJP Chief Amit Shah for his alleged ‘controversial’ remarks during an election campaign in Jaipur, after a notice was served to the BJP Leader on the basis of a complaint filed by Congress. Bhartiya Janta Party was asked by the Election Commission to furnish an explanation about the alleged controversial remark by their party president.

A clean chit was also given to Congress leader Raj Babbar for his alleged controversial remarks during an election campaign in Udaipur in a run-up to the Rajasthan Assembly Elections. Election Department found nothing “objectionable” in their speeches.

Rajasthan Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Anand Kumar confirmed that Jaipur and Udaipur Collectorates have given clean chits in both the matters.

The official said the BJP replied saying Shah was addressing the youths at a private school and it was not a public rally or meeting. “The second thing they said was “Girebaan pakar lena” or “Girebaan mai jhakna” is a Hindi phrase. This phrase is often used in Rajasthani language. BJP clarified it is often used to criticize or rebuke someone,” said the official.

The complaint against Amit Shah was lodged by the Congress. The party has alleged that during Shah visit to Bikaner, he had provoked his party workers against Congress leaders. They (INC) alleged Shah made a proactive statement that  “the leaders of the opposition parties should be held by their collars and not allowed inside the villages.

While on Raj Babbar’s Issue, An official said nothing “objectionable” was found in the Raj Babar’s video. According to the official, the transcript shows that Babbar had not named anyone in the video.

The BJP had complained to the Election Commission of India and the state election department against Congress leader Raj Babbar for allegedly making derogatory statements during a public rally in Udaipur assembly constituency. He allegedly said two people from Gujarat were running a gang in Delhi to kill the poor.

The Bhartiya Janta Party alleged him of creating and promoting hatred and insulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

The state will go to polls on December 7, While the counting of results will be held on December 11 along with other state assembly elections.

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