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Bhargava gets EC warning over Pak-laced remarks at poll rally

Senior BJP leader Gopal Bhargava has received a warning from the Election Commission (EC) for his controversial remarks made at a poll rally which had references to Pakistan. The EC has asked Bhargava, the Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh assembly, to refrain from making such statements in the future, an official said on Wednesday. On September 30, Bhargava, addressing a campaign rally in Jhabua, where assembly bypoll will be held on October 21, had said the by-election was a fight between Pakistan and India and not just a contest between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP. Bhargava had also asked the electorates of Jhabua to vote for BJP candidate Bhanu Bhuria, saying he represents India, while his rival Congress nominee represents Pakistan. The next day he was booked by the police for violating the model code of conduct on direction of election authorities. The Congress had lodged a complaint against Bhargava with the EC. The EC had sought a report

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