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Sexist remarks against TMC candidate: SC asks EC to act

Thursday - April 25, 2019 1:02 pm , Category : INDIA
New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to Election Commission to take appropriate action against opposition party workers for making sexist remarks against Trinamool candidate Mahua Moitra during an election campaign in West Bengal.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna directed the poll panel to act against BJP leaders for passing "sexually coloured remarks" in their election speeches against Trinamool's candidate from the Krishna Nagar Lok Sabha constituency.
The apex court also accepted the fact she raised in her plea that only 48 hours were left for the election campaign to end for the fourth phase and the poll body should act on her complaint as soon as possible.
Earlier, the Election Commission had served a show cause notice to the Bharatiya Janata Party district President of Nadia, Mahadev Sarkar, for derogatory remarks.
Speaking on Moitra, Sarkar had made the derogatory comments. After watching a video of it, the Commission had taken strong objection to them and had asked Sarkar to clarify as to why he had made such remarks against a rival candidate.

--IANS ss/in