Delhi Assembly Elections 2020: EC Writes to Twitter, Wants Kapil Mishra's 'Mini Pakistan' Tweet Removed
File image of BJP leader Kapil Mishra | (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, January 24: The Election Commission on Friday wrote to Twitter, the popular microblogging website, seeking the removal of an alleged communal tweet by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Kapil Mishra. The former legislator had stoked a row by calling certain Muslim-dominated pockets of the national capital as "mini-Pakistan". Show Cause Notice Issued to BJP Candidate Kapil Mishra by Delhi CEO.

Earlier in the day, the Central Election Commission had written to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi, seeking a report over the complaint of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violation against Mishra. The CEO subsequently issued a show-cause notice to the BJP leader, asking him to defend the allegations of promoting communal enmity levelled against him.

Mishra, despite the flak, was yet to take down his alleged communal tweets by the time this report was published. Apart from the post in which he termed certain areas of Delhi as "mini-Pakistan", he went on to describe the February 8 poll battle in the national capital as an "India vs Pakistan" fight.

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Mishra, a former legislator of the AAP, was removed from the party by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in 2017 after accusing him of corruption. His assembly membership was revoked after he was disqualified under anti-defection law for joining the BJP.

Mishra has been listed as the BJP candidate from Model Town constituency, currently being represented by AAP leader Akhilesh Pati Tripathi. The BJP, say pollsters, is hopeful of wresting the seat amid the polarised atmosphere over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizenship (NRC) exercise.