EC Puts Lalu on Notice for Roller Remarks

The Election Commission on Thursday put RJD chief Lalu Yadav on notice for his infamous “roller” remarks against BJP Lok Sabha hopeful Varun Gandhi.

Speaking to newsmen in New Delhi Deputy Election Commissioner JP Prakash informed that the Lalu has been directed to respond to the notice by April 11, for his comments that constitute a violation of the model code of conduct.

Addressing an election rally in his native Bihar, Lalu, a former chief minister of the state said that he would have had Varun Gandhi crushed under a roller for his alleged anti-Muslim if he had been the Union Home Minister.

Coming weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha polls the notice and any following legal action is sure to hinder the RJD poll campaign, especially as the leader is in the midst of a fast widening rift with the Congress.

After his remarks made national headlines, Lalu attempted to play down the controversy saying that his remarks had been quoted out of context and what he meant o say was that he would have crushed Varun Gandhi under the roller of law, but his clarifications found no takers in the BJP that urged the EC to initiate strict measures against Lalu to prove that it was acting in fairness.

“If the National Security Act has been imposed on Varun Gandhi even without a proper investigation, then why not against Lalu Prasad,” said BJP president Rajnath Singh while calling for stringent action against the UPA minister for Railways.

Though, Lalu’s remarks had ostensibly targeted not just Varun Gandhi, but also the Union Home Minister – P Chidambaram, the Congress has remained tight-lipped on the matter.

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