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Delhi Assembly Elections LIVE: My General Opinion, Says Kapil Mishra as EC Asks Twitter to Remove 'India vs Pak' Tweet | January 24, 2020, 4:48 PM IST
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Delhi Assembly Elections LIVE Updates: BJP candidate Kapil Mishra today told the Election Commission that that his statement — where he had termed the anti-CAA protest sites in the national capital "mini-Pakistan" and said the upcoming assembly elections will be a contest "on Delhi roads between India and Pakistan" — had been taken out of context. "I have only given my general opinion as many people are facing lot of problem due to the closure of road. Since Shaheen Bagh does not fall in my constituency (Model Town) from where I am contesting, therefore it should not be believed in the context of Delhi election or violation of model code of conduct."

After issuing a showcause notice to Mishra, the Election Commission today directed Twitter to removed the controversial tweet.
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Jan 24, 2020 4:48 pm (IST)

BJP Holding 250 Big, Small Rallies in Delhi Today | With BJP President JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah spearheading the campaign for the Delhi Assembly elections, the party is holding as many as 250 big and small rallies across the national capital today. 

Jan 24, 2020 4:46 pm (IST)

Sitting Hari Nagar MLA Withdraws Resignation, to Stay with AAP | Days after quitting the AAP over being denied ticket for Delhi Assembly elections, incumbent Hari Nagar legislator Jagdeep Singh said that he has withdrawn his resignation on the advice of party national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Jan 24, 2020 2:52 pm (IST)

Kapil Mishra Replies to EC Notice | BJP leader kapil Mishra has replied to the notice from Election Commission over the communal tweet and termed it as  'general opinion'. " have only given my general opinion as many people are facing lot of problem due to the closure of road. Since Shaheen Bagh does not fall in my constituency (Model Town) from where I am contesting, therefore it should not be believe in the context of Delhi election or violate the model code of conduct," Mishra said in his reply.  

Jan 24, 2020 2:15 pm (IST)

Replying to another question by Shah on wi-fi, the Delhi chief minister said, "Sir, we have also arranged free battery charging along with free wi-fi. Delhi has 200 units of electricity free of cost."​ Kejriwal's quick-witted reply came when the home minister claimed that his cellphone battery got discharged but he couldn't find wi-fi on the roads.

Jan 24, 2020 2:11 pm (IST)

On Friday, Shah asked the Delhi CM about the number of schools he had built in the last five years and how many CCTV cameras were installed. The home minister said that the Aam Aadmi Party had promised 15 lakh cameras but only a few were spotted on roads.​ Kejriwal, whose Twitter account has recently turned witty, was quick with his response: "I'm glad you saw 'some' CCTV cameras. A few days ago, you said that no camera was installed. Take some time out, will show you the school too. I am very happy that the people of Delhi have changed the politics. Now, the BJP has to ask for votes on CCTV, schools and unauthorised colonies here."

Jan 24, 2020 2:10 pm (IST)

Ahead of the February 8 assembly elections, a war of words has broken out between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Home minister Amit Shah who are busy campaigning on Delhi streets. From verbal duel on schools and CCTVs to wi-fi, the two leaders have been hitting out at each other's parties over developmental issues in Delhi.

Jan 24, 2020 1:28 pm (IST)

The Election Commission has asked Twitter to take down BJP leader Kapil Mishra's tweet where he had said that the Delhi Assembly elections on February 8 will be a 'battle between India and Pakistan'. 

Jan 24, 2020 1:26 pm (IST)

Facing allegations of 'unaccomplished promises' and 'freebies' from the opposition, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that it is the responsibility of every government to provide a dignified life to the citizens.  "People pay taxes to governments in the hope that their lives will be better. I am happy that Delhi is showing a new path to the country," he said in a tweet.

Jan 24, 2020 11:09 am (IST)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal begins his roadshow in Delhi's Janakpuri ahead of the crucial assembly polls. On Thursday, the CM held five road shows in five constuencies atop a yellow jeep in areas like Matiala, Uttam Nagar, Vikas Puri, Kalkaji and Tughlaqabad. 

Jan 24, 2020 11:02 am (IST)

Criticising the Shaheen Bagh protest against the new citizenship law in the national capital, Kapil Sharma, undeterred by the EC notice against him, says that people there have encroached the roads and disrupted civic life. "People are not allowed to go to schools, offices and hospitals. Inciting slogans are raised," he says. Attacking Delhi deputy Manish Sisodia for extending his solidarity with the protest, Mishra adds, "The shamelessness with which Sisodia said he stands with Shaheen Bagh, means that this is a poltical movemement. "

Jan 24, 2020 10:48 am (IST)

I am Not Worried About EC Notice: Kapil Mishra | Speaking to CNN-News18 about the EC action against him, BJP's Kapil Sharma says that he is unperturbed of the consequences. "I will reply to the EC notice. I am not worried about speaking the truth. I am standing on a firm foot and am certain that my candidature will not be canceled," he says. The EC has sought a report from the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Mishra's tweet,  in which he compared the upcoming Delhi elections to a  clash between India and Pakistan , and further termed the anti-CAA protest sites in the national capital "mini-Pakistan" 

Jan 24, 2020 10:41 am (IST)

Taking a critical position on the practice of doling out freebies, Kejriwal talks about the impact it has on a country's economy. "Freebies, in limited dose, are good for economy. It makes more money available to poor, hence boosts demand," he says. However, adding a word of caution, the Delhi CM says that it should be done in a limited and controlled manner, in order to avoid the burden of extra taxes and steer clear of budget deficits. His comments come ahead of the union budget to be presented on Februrary 1, and at a time, when India is spluttering to recover from a prolonged economic slowdown. 

Jan 24, 2020 10:17 am (IST)

In a fresh counter attack on Amit Shah, Kejriwal highlights the development work done by the government in Delhi and says, "We arranged free battery charging along with free wi-fi. Delhi has 200 units of electricity free of cost."  Shah in a poll rally in the capital yesterday, had ridiculed Kejriwal for making false promises of providing free wifi across the city. "You said you will make WiFi free. My battery ran out but I could not find Wi-Fi in this city," Shah had said. 

Jan 24, 2020 10:13 am (IST)

Kejriwal Hits Out at Amit Shah | Training guns with Union Home Minister Amit Shah who had earlier said while campaigning that there are no CCTV cameras in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Amit Shah in a series of tweet hit out at the central government. "I'm glad you saw "some" CCTV cameras. A few days ago you said, don't put a single camera, take some time, let us show you the school too?" Kejriwal says.

Jan 24, 2020 10:06 am (IST)

No Stranger to Controversy | Contesting the upcoming Delhi polls on a BJP ticket from Model Town, Kapil Mishra has a name for courting controversy over his extreme views. Last year, he was criticized for a tweet with communal overtones during Diwali, and the post was later taken down by Twitter for violating its guidelines. Mishra is pitted against AAP MLA Akhileshpati Tripathi. 

Jan 24, 2020 10:01 am (IST)

AAP's Complaint Against Mishra | Leading the charge against Kapil Mishra for his polarizing comparison of the Delhi polls was AAP as it issued a complaint to the CEC and demanded Mishra's nomination should be canceled. It further alleged that the rules make it mandatory for those who used government accomodation to furnish no-dues certificates about water, electricty and telephone expenses, but Mishra had failed to do so. 

Jan 24, 2020 9:55 am (IST)

Show Cause Notice Issued to Kapil Mishra | A show cause notice has been issued to Kapil Mishra for making inciting statements by comparing the Delhi elections to a 'clash' between India and Pakistan. The EC, too, has sought a report from the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Mishra's tweet,  who had also  termed the anti-CAA protest sites in the national capital "mini-Pakistan" 

Jan 24, 2020 9:50 am (IST)

Last week, the BJP named him as the candidate from Model Town in north Delhi, pitting him against his former colleague and two time AAP legislator Akhilesh Pati Tripathi

Jan 24, 2020 9:44 am (IST)

Mishra's Bitter Parting with AAP | Former AAP leader Mishra, who was a close aide  to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had a bitter parting with both after he publicly accused Kejriwal of corruption. Even before his official exit from AAP, his attacks became more and more vitriolic against Kejriwal. Without any formal announcement, the 39-year-old even campaigned for BJP candidates in last year's national election. He joined the BJP in August. 

Jan 24, 2020 9:43 am (IST)

EC Seeks Report on Mishra's Tweet | After Mishra's tweet generated intense backlash, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has sought a report from the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on his controversial statements. Mishra in his tweets had further explained claimed that the protest against citizenship law in Shaheen Bagh is Pakistan sponsored. “Pakistan has entered Shaheen Bagh. Mini Pakistans are being created in Delhi. The Indian law is not followed in areas like Shaheen Bagh, Chand Bagh and Inderlok. Pakistani hooligans have captured the streets of Delhi,” Mishra said in his tweet posted in Hindi on Thursday. 

Jan 24, 2020 9:39 am (IST)

BJP Faces Backlash Over Kapil Mishra's Tweet | As the clock ticks in the countdown to the crucial Delhi assembly elections, candidates and political parties are embroiled in a verbal jostle, as they deliver passionate speeches and promises, that often come at the expense of vitriol and polarizing comments. The latest controversy ahead of the vote to have erupted, is over a tweet posted by BJP candidate Kapil Mishra, who likened the Delhi polls to a 'battle between India and Pakistan'. 

Delhi Assembly Elections LIVE: My General Opinion, Says Kapil Mishra as EC Asks Twitter to Remove 'India vs Pak' Tweet
File photo of Kapil Mishra. (Getty Images)

In a series of provocative tweets, the BJP's candidate from Model Town had also said Pakistani rioters have taken over the streets of Delhi. He made no specific mention of the movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act but sharply attacked the protest at Shaheen Bagh and other places in the city.

Mishra, who left the Aam Aadmi Party to join the BJP, said, "Pakistan has made its entry in Shaheen Bagh. Many mini Pakistans are being formed in Delhi. Indian law is not not being followed in Shaheen Bagh, Chandbagh, Indralok."

"Pakistan rioters have encroached on the roads of Delhi (Pakistan ki entry Shaheen Bagh mein ho chuki hain. Delhi mein chhote chhote Pakistan Banaye ja rahe hain. Shaheen Bagh, Chand Bagh, Indralok mein desk ka kanoon nahi mana jaa raha hain. Pakistani dangayiyo ka Delhi ki sadko pe kabza)," he tweeted.

For over a month, hundred of people, primarily Muslim women, have been staging a protest at the Shaheen Bagh in south Delhi. "India vs Pakistan 8th February Delhi. There will a contest on Delhi Roads between India and Pakistan on February 8," Mishra said. "Pakistan has already entered Shaheen Bagh and small pockets of Pakistan are being created in Delhi," he added.

The Aam Aadmi Party had on Wednesday complained to the Chief Election Officer alleging wrongful acceptance of the nomination papers of Mishra by the Returning Officer.
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