Election Commission Bars Congress MP Randeep Surjewala from Campaigning for 48 Hours

The Election Commission bans Congress leader Randeep Surjewala from campaigning for 48 hours over his "sexist, vulgar and unethical" remarks against BJP MP Hema Malini, highlighting the importance of maintaining decorum in public discourse during elections.

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Election Commission Bars Congress MP Randeep Surjewala from Campaigning for 48 Hours

Election Commission Bars Congress MP Randeep Surjewala from Campaigning for 48 Hours

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has banned Congress MP Randeep Surjewala from campaigning for 48 hours over his alleged derogatory remarks against BJP MP and actor Hema Malini during the election campaign in Haryana. The ECI described Surjewala's comments as "sexist, vulgar and unethical public utterances". Surjewala is the first leader to be restricted from campaigning in this Lok Sabha election cycle.

The controversy erupted after an undated video was shared by the BJP on social media, in which Surjewala was heard making some objectionable remarks about Hema Malini . The ECI had earlier issued a show-cause notice to Surjewala for violation of the Model Code of Conduct, but he claimed the video containing the remarks was doctored. However, the ECI strongly condemned Surjewala's statement and advised political parties and candidates to refrain from any actions or utterances that may be seen as disrespectful towards women.

The ban on Surjewala's campaigning will be effective for 48 hours from 06:00 pm on 16th April 2024 (Tuesday). During this period, he cannot hold any public meetings, rallies, or interviews related to the ongoing elections. The ECI utilized its constitutional authority under Article 324 to prohibit Surjewala from participating in election-related activities for 48 hours.

Why this matters: The Election Commission's decision to bar a prominent political leader from campaigning highlights the importance of maintaining decorum and respect in public discourse during elections. It sends a strong message that derogatory remarks, especially those targeting women, will not be tolerated and can lead to consequences for the offenders.

Surjewala hit back at the BJP, accusing the party's IT cell of "distorting facts and spreading lies". He claimed that his intention was to respect Hema Malini as she is "married to Dharmendra ji" and is their "bahu". The BJP had moved the ECI against Surjewala for his "vile, sexist" remarks against Hema Malini , and the party's IT cell head Amit Malviya shared a video of the remarks. Hema Malini, the sitting MP from Mathura, had reacted to Surjewala's comments, saying that Congress leaders should learn to respect women from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Key Takeaways

  • ECI bans Congress MP Randeep Surjewala from campaigning for 48 hrs over sexist remarks on BJP MP Hema Malini.
  • ECI termed Surjewala's comments as "sexist, vulgar and unethical", the first such restriction in this Lok Sabha election.
  • Surjewala claimed the video was doctored, but ECI strongly condemned his statement and advised against disrespecting women.
  • Ban effective for 48 hours from 06:00 pm on 16th April 2024 (Tuesday) prohibiting Surjewala from holding any public meetings, rallies, or interviews.
  • ECI's decision highlights the importance of maintaining decorum in public discourse during elections, especially towards women.