After imposing a four-day campaigning ban on BJP MP Parvesh Verma and ordering his removal as BJP’s star campaginer, the Election Commission on Thursday (January 30) issued him another showcause notice for allegedly calling Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a “terrorist”.
The West Delhi MP has been given time till 5 pm on Friday to respond. He was barred from campaigning from 96 hours for making controversial remarks on Shaheen Bagh protesters at an election meeting recently. The Election Commission has also ordered his removal from the BJP’s list of star campaigners.
The notice said the AAP had approached the Delhi chief electoral officer with a complaint, which said Verma had tarnished the image of the chief minister by equating him to “anti-national forces”. Calling it a “blatant” violation of the model code of conduct, the complaint by the AAP demanded registration of an FIR against Verma.
A day earlier, the West Delhi MP had claimed he has received a death threat from an unknown caller and posted on Twitter a screenshot of a phone call he received at 8.11 am. “I got the call from the anonymous caller giving me threat in the morning. I have lodged a complaint at Barakhamba police station,” Verma said.
(With inputs from agencies)