The Election Commission of India on Monday banned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati from election campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.
While UP CM Yogi Adityanath has been banned for 72 hours, Mayawati is restrained for 48 hours for violating Model Code of Conduct for “Ali and Bajrangbali” remark. This order is effective from 6 am on Tuesday, 16 April.
This action from the Election Commission came after the Supreme Court took note of alleged hate speeches from Mayawati and Yogi during the poll campaign. The apex court further pulled poll body for failing to act against the political leaders for making hate speeches while campaigning in Uttar Pradesh.
“The EC says they are toothless. They say that they first issue notice, then advisory and then complain,” the bench said, adding it would examine the aspect relating to poll panel’s power to deal with hate speeches during poll campaign.
The Election Commission said the remark made by Adityanath in Meerut rally was “provocative.” The poll body further said, “being the CM of a state, Adityanath has an added responsibility of not only upholding the basic tenants including secularism but also to display the same in his public appearance.” The commission expressed that the remarks had the “undertone and propensity of polarising the elections.”
In a statement, the Election Commission, said that it also found the speech made by Mayawati highly provocative “with the tone and tenor of to aggravate existing difference or create mutual hatred between religious communities,” therefore violating the MCC. Mayawati has been barred from holding any public meeting, rallies, road shows, interviews for 48 hours.