New Delhi, Apr 13 UNI | 4 months ago

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan today delivered a stinging broadside at the Election Commission, said the poll watchdog is acting at the instance of the Congress government at the Centre.

"The Election Commission will have to prove its integrity," Mr Khan said threatening to move court against the poll panel.

The SP leader, who has been banned by the EC from campaigning in UP, said instead of looking at my sentiments the poll panel is trying to don the mantle of the CBI.

If EC doesn't differentiate between what I said and what Amit Shah said then it will be very unfair, the SP leader said.

On April 11, Mr Khan and BJP leader Amit Shah were banned by the Election Commission from holding rallies and road shows in UP after it took note of their speeches while campaigning.

FIRs have been lodged against Mr Khan after EC's intervention.

The senior Samajwadi Party leader had allegedly attacked BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at an election rally in Jalalabad area of Shamli district on April 8 in UP said, "his hands are coloured with blood of innocent people and you should never let any such person rule the country."

On April 7, Mr Khan had during his party rally in Muslim- dominated area Masuri area, said that peaks of Kargil were not conquered by Hindus, but only by the Muslims.

Ghaziabad police yesterday booked him for his alleged inflammatory speech over Kargil War.

One more case was registered against Khan for inciting communal passions through his election speech on April 9 in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh.

"The country has not to be given in the hands of a murderer ... the murderers of Muzaffarnagar should be avenged by pressing the button," Mr Khan had allegedly said in the speech.

(Posted on 13-04-2014)