In a missive shot off to the Uttar Pradesh government, the poll watchdog has also ordered that First Information Reports (FIRs) be registered against the two politicians for making ‘highly inflammatory speeches’ while campaigning for the general elections in the state.
The EC said in its letter, ‘’necessary FIRs should be immediately filed and criminal proceedings initiated against the above mentioned two leaders, wherever the same have not been instituted so far.’’
It also said, ‘’no permission should be granted for holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows, etc., by the district administration authorities, where the above two leaders are expected or likely to participate.’’
In a letter to the UP government, the EC has asked the authorities in UP to lodge FIRs against Shah and Azam and initiate criminal proceedings against them if it has not been done yet. It has further asked the authorities to ensure that no act of commission or omission is resorted to by the two leaders that can affect public tranquility.
The tough stand was taken by the EC at a top-level meeting of Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath and Election Commissioners HS Brahma and SNA Zaidi where the poll body exercised its constitutional powers to prevent the two leaders from further vitiating the poll atmosphere. “The Commission hereby directs under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, that necessary FIRs should be immediately filed and criminal proceedings initiated against the above mentioned two leaders, wherever the same have not been instituted so far,” the order said.