Hate Speech: Modi's aide Amit Shah tense, to reply to EC notice today

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New Delhi, April 8: Today (Tuesday, April 9) must be a crucial day for Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah as he is likely to reply to a notice sent by the Election Commission of India over his controversial "vote for revenge" remark.

Shah has been accused of delivering a hate speech during an election campaign rally at riot-hit Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. Election Commission examined Shah's rally video after receiving an official complaint from the state election commission officials of violation of model code of conduct.

The apex poll panel issued notice to Shah taking cognizance of the alleged hate speech made by him where he had asked the voters in Muzaffarnagar to take revenge from those who had insulted them during the communal riots here.

Ammit Shah was accused of violating model code of conduct during his speech

It asked the BJP leader to explain within three days as to why action should not be initiated against him for violating the model code through his speeches made while campaigning in Shamli, Bijnore and Muzaffarnagar districts in the state.

"The Commission is, prima facie, of the opinion that by making the aforesaid statement you have violated the.... provisions of Model Code of Conduct.... "Now, therefore, the Commission gives you an opportunity to explain your stand in making the above said statement before 5 PM on April 9, 2014 failing which the ECI shall take a decision without further reference to you," the EC notice said.

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