Sambhal (UP): A case has been registered against the Samajwadi Party candidate contesting Lok Sabha elections from here for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Catch LIVE Updates of Phase 2 Voting Here)

During an election rally on April 11, SP candidate Shafiqur Rehman Burq reportedly made derogatory remarks against the PM, confirmed Chandausi Circle officer Poonam Mishra on Thursday.

She said, “A case has been registered against him under a section of the Representation of People Act and section 506 of IPC (punishment for criminal intimidation).”

In his speech in Kela Devi area on April 11, Burq had allegedly said, “…Yeh gathbandhan PM Modi ke liye maut ka paigaam ban gaya hai (This alliance has become a death knell for PM Modi).”

Sambhal goes to polls on April 23 . This region is dominated by Muslim and Yadav communities. While BJP’s Satyapal Singh defeated SP’s Shafiqur Rahman in 2014, this year, the saffron party has fielded Parmeshwar Lal Saini. The Congress candidate is Major J P Singh while SP has repeated Shafiqur.

Just a day ago, a Bulandshahr resident had filed a defamation case against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for saying that thieves had Modi as their surname.

Citing Rahul’s statement, Jagdeep Kumar Modi said the Congress chief’s comment during a rally had dealt a blow to his and his family’s reputation as many people made fun of him.

“Rahul Gandhi made the statement with an aim to defame those with the Modi surname despite knowing that it is untrue,” he said, claiming that it is a punishable offence, urging the court to take appropriate action against the Congress chief.