Plaints against BJP candidate Prathap Simha for ‘hate speech’

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MYSORE: BJP candidate Prathap Simha has come under the scanner of the Election Commission following charges of trying to create a wedge between different communities.

The district administration on Friday sent a report to the EC about his alleged hate speech made during a meeting of the saffron party even as the sector magistrate has approached Mysore police to register a case against Simha. The Congress also lodged a complaint against Simha, accusing him of inciting communal tension.

The BJP candidate had allegedly accused the Congress-led UPA government of failing to take a resolute action against Pakistan. The sector magistrate, who videographed the speech, approached Devaraja police to file a complaint. Police said election officials submitted a CD containing a copy of the speech to jurisdictional police.

“Following a report by the sector magistrate, a case has been filed for making a provocative speech,” DC C Shikha told TOI.

Sources told TOI a report had been sent to the EC, seeking further directions, including issuing notice to the candidate. “We are awaiting EC’s reply,” they stated. Lakshmipuram police received a petition from the Congress against Simha.

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