‘Bar Shah, Yogi from campaigning in K’taka’

New Delhi: Petitioning the Election Commission, Congress Friday urged the poll watchdog to bar Union home minister Amit Shah and UP chief minister Yogi Aditya- Nath from campaigning in Karnataka elections for their “blatantly communal and divisive remarks” aimed at sullying the reputation of Congress and polarising the public.

In the petition submitted to the EC by senior lawyer and Congress MP Abhishek Sanghvi, AICC treasurer Pa- wan Bansal and MP Mukul Winnik, Congress referred to the remarks by Shah and Aditya Nath as “false”, “partisan” and “communal” aimed at electoral gains.

'Bar Shah, Yogi from ,
‘Bar Shah, Yogi from

“We have just finished a very productive and important meeting with the EC. We complained specifically about the highly objectionable, blatantly partisan, communal and false statements coming from the top BJP leadership, particularly from Shah and the UP chief minister. They have made statements clearly against the minority community…. We have asked for a ban on campaigning by such per- sons.”

The Congress leader specifically referred to Shah’s re- marks that if Congress is voted to power, its government will release members of the banned outfits.

Sanghvi said such remarks run the risk of disturbing the level playing field, and a bar on the campaigning of the two leaders is required to ensure that the Karnataka polls are not skewed in BJP’s favour. At the same time, Congress lashed out at the BJP leader- ship for party leader Basin- gouda Pail Yarnall’s “vishkanya” remark about Sonia.

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