Muzaffarnagar, May 27: BJP MP Kanta Kardam was booked for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct by inciting religious sentiments in her speech on Tuesday, police said today. Nukud Police Station SHO Yashpal Singh said a case was registered against Kardam on the directives of the Election Commission. Kardan had allegedly made the remarks inciting religious sentiments during an election meeting at Nukud town in Saharanpur district, the police said. Also Read - Virtual Campaigns, Separate Booths For Corona Patients: EC Finalises Guidelines For Bihar Assembly Election 2020

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Located around 630 km from capital city of Lucknow, the Lok Sabha constituency has five assembly segments namely Shamli, Thana Bhawan and Kairana in Shamli district, and Gangoh and Nakur in Saharanpur district. There are nearly 17 lakh voters in the constituency with a significant number of Muslims, Jats and Dalit voters. Also Read - By-elections to Assembly, Parliamentary Constituencies to be Held, Schedule Soon: ECI

RLD party worker Abdul Hakeem Khan said he had never seen an election in which the ruling party was being challenged by a joint opposition. “This is the beauty of our democracy,” he said.

The constituency fell vacant after the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh, whose daughter Mriganka Singh is now the party’s candidate for the bypoll. She is fighting Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Tabassum Hasan, who is supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.