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Lok Sabha Elections: Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati barred from campaigning for 72, 48 hours respectively

FE Online

The Election Commission of India today cracked the whip on violators of the model code of conduct with BSP chief Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ending up as the first casualties. Adityanath and Mayawati have been barred from campaigning for 72 and 48 hours respectively starting from 6 am tomorrow. Both the leaders have also been barred for making communal remarks during rallies.

Earlier, the commission had issued a notice to Mayawati for her speech in Deoband appealing to Muslims to not vote for the BJP. The poll panel found that she violated the model code of conduct by making such an appeal.

Yogi Adityanath was also served a notice for his ‘Ali’ and ‘Bajrang Bali’ remarks while addressing a rally in Meerut. He likened the general elections to a contest between ‘Ali’ and ‘Bajrang Bali’. The commission ‘strongly condemned’ Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati for their communal remarks and barred them from campaigning for the stated time period. Adityanath is BJP’s star campaigner and known for aggressive speeches.

According to the model code of conduct, party and candidate are advised to refrain from indulging in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic. It also states that party or candidate should not make any appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes.

The commission has barred Adityanath from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media) in the ongoing elections for 72 hours.

The EC found that Mayawati made a highly provocative speech which had the tone and tenor to aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between different religious communities, and thus violative of provisions of MCC.