EC bans Satti from campaigning for 48 hours over using expletive against Rahul

SHIMLA: The Election Commission of India (EC) Friday slapped a campaign ban on Himachal Pradesh BJP president Satpal Satti for 48 hours over his alleged use of expletives against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

The ban will be in effect for 48 hours from 10 am on April 20.

The EC bars Satti from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media) in connection with ongoing elections for 48 hours from 10 am on April 20, EC Secretary Rahul Sharma said in his order.

Satti had allegedly made an abusive remark about Gandhi while addressing party workers at Ramshehar village in Solan district Sunday.

Acting on a formal complaint by Congress general secretary Rajneesh Kimta, the EC had on April 16 issued a notice to Satti and sought his reply within 24 hours for violation of the Model Code of Conduct over his use of alleged derogatory remarks.

An FIR was also registered against Satti under section 294 of IPC (obscene acts) under the Baddi police limits. (AGENCIES)