Published: Tue, April 16, 2019

EC bars Yogi, Mayawati from campaigning for violating Model Code of Conduct

EC bars Yogi, Mayawati from campaigning for violating Model Code of Conduct

Following the Election Commission direction, Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati can't address any public meeting, campaigns or address the media from tomorrow.

Retorting to Yogi's "Ali" remarks, Mayawati said people of UP should ensure that the BJP does not "get either Ali's vote or Bajrang Bali's vote".

After Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Election Commission (EC) on Monday barred Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Samajwadi Party leader Mohammed Azam Khan from campaigning in the Lok Sabha elections for 48 houres and 72 hours, respectively.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has summoned a representative of the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday while agreeing to examine the poll panel's contention that it has limited legal powers to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering.

The objectionable speech was made during campaigns held in Meerut.

The EC has written to chief electoral officers of all states informing them about their decision on Adityanath and Mayawati to ensure that its orders are not violated.

In a separate order against Ms. Gandhi, the EC said it had seen the video recording of her speech and was convinced that it violated the provisions of the model code as laid down in Para 3 and 4 of Part-1 of the "General Conduct" section, pertaining to bribing or intimidation of voters.

The notice was issued to Mayawati for her speech in Deoband appealing to people of a particular religion to vote in favour of SP, BSP and RLD alliance. "The hurried nature of the action shows that it was taken under pressure".

The authority had issued show cause notices to Adityanath and Mayawati for their controversial comments on Thursday. While Ali is revered by Muslims as Prophet Mohammad's successor, Bajrang Bali is another name for Lord Hanuman. The EC submitted action-taken report on various politicians during the campaigning for alleged breach of model code. According to India Today, the bench said it will examine the aspect relating to poll panel's power to deal with hate speeches during campaigns.

The commission also observed that Yogi Adityanath, as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, had the added responsibility to not only uphold basic tenets including secularism but also to display the same in his public statements and meetings.

Since Khan had not given a similar assurance, the ban on him had continued.

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