72 on Telangana BJP leader. Ban on campaigning in UP for

Assembly elections are being held in Uttar Pradesh in seven phases.

new Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday reprimanded BJP leader and Telangana MLA T Raja Singh for threatening people in Uttar Pradesh to vote for his party and banned him from campaigning for 72 hours.

It also directed the Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana to register an FIR against Singh under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Representation of the People Act.

The 72-hour ban began at 6 pm on Saturday.

Earlier this week, the Election Commission issued a notice to Singh, citing a video clip of his purported remarks.

According to the transcript of Singh’s remarks cited in the notice, he had said that those who do not vote for the BJP should know that “Yogi ji” (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath) has ordered thousands of JCBs and bulldozers.

He said roughly in Hindi, “You know the purpose of JCBs and bulldozers. If you want to stay in UP, you have to chant Yogi-Yogi or leave Uttar Pradesh.”

Assembly elections are being held in Uttar Pradesh in seven phases and the third polling will be held on Sunday. The results will be declared on March 10.

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