Shah agreed to abide by the Election Commission’s decision and compared himself with the ‘best bowler’, who also bowls a no-ball.

The Election Commission’s decision came days after it had banned the two leaders from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

While censuring the two leaders, the Election Commission also condemned their statements after going through their responses to the showcause notices issued to them.

“The intention in my speeches was not to violate the Model Code. It is the Election Commission’s prerogative to interpret my speeches. The Election Commission is the supreme body and I will abide by its decision. When any bowler bowls, he also throws a no-ball,” Shah said.
    
"EC is the topmost body in India & I abide by its decision. Even the best bowler slips & No balls, I' m no different," he tweeted.
    
Shah has filed an appeal before the Election Commission seeking a review of its decision banning him from campaigning.
    
While censuring Shah and Khan, the Election Commission also condemned their statements after going through their responses to the showcause notices issued to them.

Shah had landed in a major controversy for his remarks that the Lok Sabha elections was an opportunity to seek ‘revenge for the insult’ inflicted during the riots in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh last year.
    
The Election Commission took cognizance of his remarks made in Shamli, Bijnore and Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.

The Election Commission had last week cracked the whip on Shah and Khan by banning them from holding public meetings, processions or roadshows in Uttar Pradesh and asked the authorities to initiate criminal proceedings against them.

The Election Commission had also directed the Chief Secretary to ensure that no act of commission or omission is resorted to by Shah and Khan that can affect public tranquility and law and order.

The Election Commission was also critical of the role of Samajwadi Party government in the state for ‘soft-pedalling’ on registration of FIRs against Khan and not dealing with the sensitive issue with alacrity.

The Election Commission had taken the decision even before the two responded to its showcause notice as it wanted to check them from further vitiating the election atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh.

The poll body had directed the authorities to take all preventive measures against Shah and Khan under relevant provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to ensure that no act of commission or omission is resorted to by them which has the effect of prejudicially affecting public tranquility and law and order.

JPN/Agencies

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