New Delhi: An FIR has been lodged against Congress candidate from South Mumbai Milind Deora for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct. The case has been registered under section 171 of IPC (giving false statements for elections) and section 125 of the Representation of People’s Act (promoting enmity between classes in connection with elections), news agency ANI reported.
Deora, who was last month appointed Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chief replacing Sanjay Nirupam, had courted controversy after he urged the people to teach a lesson to Shiv Sena for insulting the Jain community. “Shiv Sena has been against minorities…a few years ago, it insulted Jains by cooking meet outside a Jain temple. Remember, you have to teach them a lesson,” Deora had said.
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As the matter came to light, EC issued a show-cause notice to Deora seeking explanation on how his remark was not against the rules of Model Code of Conduct.
Deora, who had won in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls but lost in 2014, is taking on Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant in the Mumbai South constituency. He was named MRCC chief on March 25 replacing Nirupam who had been at loggerheads with some senior party leaders in the state. The move was seen as a bid to quell the intense infighting within the Mumbai Congress unit.
Deora, son of former union oil minister Murli Deora, is also considered close to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.