LUCKNOW (TIP): Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who has been banned by the Election Commission from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for his allegedly controversial speeches made at the start of the elections, on Thursday said the poll panel could not behave like God and dared it to cancel his membership of the state assembly.
Taking to reporters in Rampur, he said instead of behaving like God, the EC should adopt a line of action best suited for democracy and in the spirit of the Constitution. Khan said if he was wrong, then the poll body should exhibit courage and cancel his membership of the UP assembly. On April 23 the EC had issued a show-cause notice to Khan for reportedly making objectionable remarks against it and circumventing a ban imposed on him from campaigning in UP.
The notice was issued days after the EC banned him from campaigning following his controversial remarks on the Kargil war. Alleging the EC behaved in a partial manner with him because he was a Muslim, Khan said: “I don’t need any person’s kindness or leniency since I’ve been acknowledged as a man of principles and high ideals from the beginning of my political career.”
Without naming BJP general secretary and UP in-charge Amit Shah, Khan said: “A person who has widely been termed a hooligan or assassin of humanity by different political bodies as well as prominent social and religious outfits was allowed to campaign for BJP’s candidates, but the EC has taken action against me because I’m a Muslim.” Khan threatened to go on a fast if the EC ban on him was not lifted.