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EC issues notice to Lalu, Sushil Modi

Patna: The Election Commission today issued notices to RJD President Lalu Prasad and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi in connection with the FIRs registered against them for violation of the poll code.

The two leaders have been asked in the notices to submit their reply by October 6, Additional Chief Election Officer R Lakshamanan told PTI.

An FIR was lodged against RJD President Lalu Prasad last Tuesday for making allegedly casteist remark, which the Election Commission found to be violative of election laws.

The FIR was registered with the Ganga bridge police station in Vaishali district against Lalu Prasad by Circle Officer Raghopur Neeranjan Kumar in connection with his casteist remark.

Launching his campaign from Raghopur in favour of his younger son Tejaswi Yadav, the RJD supremo had described the Assembly election as a direct fight between “the backward castes and forward castes” and gave a call to Yadavs and other backward castes to rally behind the secular alliance to defeat the BJP-led NDA.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was also booked the same day for allegedly ‘promising’ to give away laptops, colour TVs and dhoti-saris to voters at an election rally, with the party leader contesting the FIR and urged the EC to look into the matter.

The FIR was lodged against Sushil Modi with Bhabua police atation for allegedly inducing voters by promising colour TVs, laptops and dhoti-saris.