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Those accused of sedition should not be allowed to enter Parliament: Raut

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday stated those dealing with severe charges comparable to sedition must no longer be allowed to go into Parliament.

The Sena leader used to be served a understand by way of the Election Commission for his observation that Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Kanhaiya Kumar, contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Begusarai constituency in Bihar, must be defeated at any price.

Speaking to PTI here, Raut stated such severe charges are pressed most effective when there is enough incriminating subject matter.

"Cases of serious nature such as sedition are levelled only when there is enough information to prove grave wrongdoing. When the government takes such a stand against somebody, the Election Commission and Supreme Court should take cognisance and not allow such persons to enter Parliament at all," the Rajya Sabha member stated.

While Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel has been barred from contesting polls, why the similar norm is not carried out for Kanhaiya Kumar, he stated.

Patel's hopes of contesting the Lok Sabha election are in jeopardy because the high courtroom has refused to stick his conviction in a rioting case. He may be dealing with sedition instances.

"Irrespective of person's caste, religion, ideology or party, if a sedition charge is levelled, they should not be allowed to enter Parliament," Raut stated.

On Monday, Mumbai district election officer served a understand to Raut over alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct over his comments in opposition to Kumar.

Raut, executive editor of Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', had stated in his weekly column that Kumar must be defeated although the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the Centre has to "tamper with EVMs" to make sure it.

The CPI leader will have to no longer get into Parliament, he had stated.

Asked concerning the understand, Raut stated he will respond to it in due course, but Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and others who even have been served with notices must reply as well.

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