Sanjay Raut calls Kanhaiya “bottle of poison”, gets EC notice

The Mumbai district election officer on Monday has issued a notice to the Shiv Sena lawmakers Sanjay Raut for violating the model code of conduct over his unpleasant comments against Communist Party of India’s candidate Kanhaiya Kumar.

In his column Rok Thok in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Raut, the editor of the publication, called Kanhaiya Kumar a “bottle of poison”, adding that he must not reach Parliament. In the publication on Sunday, Raut stated that Kanhaiya Kumar must be defeated in the upcoming polls, even if it needed the BJP to “tamper with EVMs”.

Kanhaiya Kumar, the former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s student union, is contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha poll from Bihar’s Begusarai.

Mumbai city Collector Shivaji Jondhale in the notice said that Raut’s statement showed “lack of faith in the deployment of EVMs and muddying the electoral process”.

The notice has asked Raut to respond by Wednesday and further action in the matter will be decided by the Election Commission.

Sena leader Raut spoke to PTI and said, “I have received the notice based on what I have written in Saamana. We respect the EC and I will respond to the notice and clarify my stand in the time provided.”