Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati Punished For Poll Code Violation

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2019

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court questioned senior Election Commission official and said the poll body is duty bound to take action.

The EC barred Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for 72 hours and BSP chief Mayawati for 48 hours starting tomorrow morning for violating Model Code of Conduct.

The tongue-lashing by the top court sent the poll panel into a hyperactive mode as it banned both the Uttar Pradesh leaders from campaigning for three and two days respectively within minutes of the court hearing. While making an election speech in Saharanpur, Mayawati is reported to have made a special appeal to Muslim voters to vote for the coalition parties fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In 2014, the Commission took action against BJP chief Amit Shah and Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan for hate speech.

Two days later, according to the Election Commission, Yogi Adityanath told a rally in Meerut about Mayawati's speech and said: "If the Congress, SP and BSP have faith in "Ali", we have faith in "Bajrang Bali", the followers of Bajrang Bali will not tolerate them". The Election Commission has also censured Adityanath for having appealed for votes in the name of "Bajrang Bali". They issue a notice if someone violates model code.or uses religion or caste for votes.then an advisory of they don't follow notice.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi summoned a representative of the poll panel on Tuesday, while agreeing to examine its contention that it has limited legal power to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering.

The EC reprimanded Khan saying his "indecent", "derogatory and totally uncalled for" statement violated the model code of conduct and banned him from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows and interviews or public utterances in media in connection with the ongoing elections for 72 hours from 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The EC may have to explain on Tuesday how it made a decision to take action when Mayawati and Adityanath had not filed reply to the notices.

CM Adityanath had compared the Lok Sabha election to a contest between "Ali", a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman.

File image of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

The EC counsel said, "EC does not have any power to deal with such instances of making speeches provoking enmity and hatred between classes of citizens or for voting for any person on the ground of religion, caste etc".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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