The FIRs were filed in Bijnore and Muzaffarnagar districts.

"A case has been lodged under various Sections of the IPC and the RPA by the Bijnore District Magistrate regarding some objectionable part in Shah's speech," Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said in Lucknow.

Shah was booked under Section 153 of the IPC (inciting people) and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act (promoting enmity between different classes), he said.

A second FIR was lodged against Shah in Shamli in Muzaffarnagar district for the same offence.

Shah was booked under Section 125 of RPA, District Magistrate N P Singh said.

The case was registered at Adarsh Mandi police station after officials went through the video of his speech made at Shamli.

After examination of the video, Shah's statement was found to be objectionable and in violation of the Model Code of Conduct, Singh added.

The FIRs followed a complaint by the Congress party, which accused BJP’s UP in-charge of ‘creating animosity between communities’ and said he has committed an offence under Section 125 of RPA.

The poll authorities in Uttar Pradesh sent the CD of the remarks made by Shah in Muzaffarnagar--which witnessed communal violence last year--along with the report of District Election Officer to the Election Commission in Lucknow.

Sources said the Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh had on Saturday taken cognizance of Shah's statement and sought the CD along with a detailed report from the district authorities.

Shah is not contesting the Lok Sabha polls.

Shah triggered a controversy with his comment that the general election, especially in western Uttar Pradesh, is ‘an election for honour. It is an election to take revenge for the insult. It is an election to teach a lesson to those who have committed injustice’.


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