Election Commission bans Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati from election campaigning for 72 hours & 48 hours

EC banned UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati from election campaigning for 72 hours & 48 hours respectively, starting from 6 am tomorrow, for violating Model Code of Conduct.

Written by Newsroom Staff April 15, 2019 14:50

New Delhi: Election Commission banned UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati from election campaigning for 72 hours & 48 hours respectively, starting from 6 am tomorrow, for violating Model Code of Conduct by making objectionable statements in their speeches.

Both the leaders will not be able to make any public meetings, road shows or give any media interviews and public utterances in media, including social media.

The Election Commission action came after the Supreme Court pulled the poll body for failing to act against political leaders making heat speeches.

Earlier on Thursday, the Election Commission  issued a show cause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his “Ali and Bajrang Bali” remark while addressing a rally in Meerut. His comments were in response to BSP supremo Mayawati’s appeal asking Muslims to vote for the opposition alliance in the state.

Adityanath had compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between ‘Ali’, a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman.

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“Agar Congress, SP, BSP ko ‘Ali’ par vishwaas hai toh humein bhi ‘Bajrang Bali’ par vishwaas hai (If the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have faith in Ali, we have faith in Hanuman),” the UP CM had said.

His statement came while referring to BSP chief Mayawati’s speech at a rally in Deoband on April 7, where she had urged Muslims to back the alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s SP.