Election Commission bans Yogi Adityanath for 3 days and Mayawati for 2 days from campaigning for violation of model code of conduct
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India, on Monday, has banned the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for three days and Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati for two days from campaigning for violating the poll model code of conduct.
This comes after the Supreme Court pulled the poll panel up for its alleged laxity in taking action against violators of the MCC.
The poll watchdog has banned Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for three days for his “Ali and Bajrang Bali” remark during a rally while Mayawati has been banned for asking the Muslim voters not to vote for the Congress and split their votes.
The apex poll body has noticed the comments made by Adityanath in an election rally at Meerut and said, “Being the CM of a state, Adityanath has an added responsibility of not only upholding the basic tenants including secularism but also to display the same in his public appearance.”
In Mayawati’s case, the commission held that Mayawati’s remarks during her rally seeking votes on the basis of religion violated the MCC. Mayawati had made an appeal to Muslim voters in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur and Bareilly districts during the first joint rally of the BSP-SP alliance on April 7. She had cautioned voters, particularly Muslims, against splitting their votes in the eight western UP seats that went to polls in the first phase on April 11.
The Commission said in a statement that it found the speech made by Mayawati was highly provocative “with the tone and tenor of to aggravate existing difference or create mutual hatred between religious communities,” therefore violating the MCC.
The Election Commission’s new ruling against the two political heavyweights from Uttar Pradesh came before the second phase of general election, which is scheduled on April 18. The restriction will be affective from 6am on 16th April.
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