BJP leader's Giriraj Singh's rallies banned, may be arrested soon

Last Updated 22 April 2014, 18:42 IST

BJP leader Giriraj Singh's election rally and road shows have been banned in Bihar and Jharkhand and he is likely to be arrested soon for his remark that critics of prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be sent to Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.

Taking serious note of Singh's remark, the Election Commission has also asked him to submit his explanation to it by April 24.

"The EC has banned Singh's election rallies and road shows in Bihar and Jharkhand in view of hue and cry raised over his remark," an official said.

Bihar's additional chief electoral officer R. Lakshmanan meanwhile told media persons here that Jharkhand Police have sought help from the Bihar government to arrest the Bharatiya Janata Party leader, following an arrest warrant issued by them in connection with his remark.

A complaint for making an inflammatory speech was registered Sunday against Singh at a police station in Jharkhand's Deogarh.

"The chief electoral officer of Jharkhand has requested the chief electoral officer of Bihar for help to arrest Singh," Lakshmanan said.

He also said the state home department has been asked to look into it.

A case was also registered againstSingh in Patna Monday after the Election Commission ordered the Patna district administration to do it.

Lakshmanan said Singh's remark was an open violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

He said the order was given to the Patna administration after Singh failed to comply with a single-day deadline given to  him to submit his explanation.

Singh said Tuesday he stands by his remark. He is the BJP candidate for the Lok Sabha polls from Nawada constituency.

(Published 22 April 2014, 15:44 IST)

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