Election Commission restrains Yogi and Mayawati from campaigning

Election Commission restrains Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati from campaigning 

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has put a 72-hour prohibition on campaigning by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and 48-hour ban on BSP chief Mayawati for violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

The restriction on the two leaders starts from 6 a.m. on Tuesday. The Commission had earlier served a show cause notice on Mr. Adityanath for his “Ali-Bajrang Bali” remark at a political rally, in response to Ms. Mayawati’s appeal to Muslims for vote.SC takes note of alleged hate speeches made by Mayawati, Adityanath

Mr. Adityanath, at a rally on April 9, said that if the Congress, SP and the BSP had faith in “Ali”, “then we also have faith in Bajrang Bali”.

The Commission also took note of Ms. Mayawati’s speech at Deoband on April 7. After going through a video-clip of her speech, the poll panel said it was, prima facie, a violation of the MCC.

Both the leaders submitted their reply. However, unsatisfied with their explanation, the Commission put a prohibition on their involvement in political campaigning. The EC had earlier cautioned Mr. Adityanath to be more careful in future pertaining to his “Modi Ji Ki Sena” comment.

During the hearing, the bench asked the counsel for EC as to what action they have taken against Mayawati and Yogi Adityanath for alleged hate speeches. The counsel appearing for poll panel said that it has already issued notices against the two politicians. “Tell us what actions you have taken against Mayawati and Yogi Adityanath,” the bench asked and fixed the matter for tomorrow. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by an NRI Yoga teacher based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), seeking a direction to the EC to take “strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on caste and religion in the media in the run up to general elections.

– NEW DELHI, APRIL 15, 2019