Election Commission bars Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati from campaigning
New Delhi : Taking a step against hate speeches, the Election Commission has barred UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati from campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively starting from tomorrow morning.
The order from Election Commission came hours after the Supreme Court asked them to promptly act against the poll code violations. The apex body had asked the poll panel to report on action taken against the two prominent politicians for their controversial speeches.
In separate orders, the Election Commission also “condemned” the two speeches and “censured” the politicians.
In a speech at a rally in Saharanpur’s Deoband on April 7, Mayawati had appealed to Muslims to vote for the alliance and not divide their vote by supporting another political party.
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 Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances (electronic, print, social media) etc in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 6 am on 16 April 2019,” the panel said.