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Poll code violation: Now, EC bars Azam Khan, Maneka Gandhi from campaigning


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New Delhi, Apr 15: Hours after taking strong action against Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati over poll code violation, the Election Commission barred two more political leader from campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.

The fresh action has been taken against Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan and union minister Maneka Gandhi. While Azam Khan cannot campaign for three days, Maneka Gandhi has been barred for 48 hours.

According to the EC's order, Azam Khan is paying the price for his 'indecent and derogatory' comments against Jaya Prada, and Maneka Gandhi for her communal comments made at a gathering of Muslims.

Taking serious note of SP candidate from Rampur Azam Khan's recent comments against rival Jaya Prada, the EC noted that the comments "may be construed as being repugnant to the hour and dignity of women". Azam Khan had also been banned in 2014, and the EC said that he had not "changed his way of campaigning and he is indulging in using very objectionable language".

In her clip that went viral, BJP candidate from Sultanpur Maneka Gandhi was heard telling Muslims, "If my victory is without Muslims, I won't feel that good... Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think, 'Let it be, how does it matter'? It's all give and take, isn't it? We aren't all sons of Mahatma Gandhi, are we? (laughs). It's not that we keep on giving and then losing in the election. This victory will happen with or without you".

The EC said that Maneka Gandhi violated poll code by appealing to caste and communal feelings, as well as engaging in corrupt practices like intimidation.

Earlier in the day, the EC barred BSP chief Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning in the Lok Sabha elections for 48 and 72 hours respectively, for violating the poll code.

 

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    It should be

    First time offenders : Bar them from campaigning for a week.
    Second time offenders : Bar them from campaigning for full election.
    Third time offenders: Bar them for life.

    Then these habitual offenders will understand the seriousness.

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  • P Shetty, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    All parties are to be blamed for such situation. When BJP challenges the secular parties on their monopoly on certain religions and ask for Hindus to vote for them, then it become politics in religion. Who tried to get into lingayat caste politics? Why they are now apologising for their act?

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  • Desi Jawan, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Results of too much of democracy without accountability ????!!!

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  • Anand Moras, Bajpe, Oman ????

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Feku and dhakhu too will follow them soon on later !

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Why no Sakshi Maharaj of BJP MP

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Do we really need such Useless Politicians ...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    welcome move of s.c, which pulled da e.c. 4 favouring a particular party.

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  • Valerian Menezes, Kota

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    It is a farce, barring for a few hours or a couple of days. EC is picking up only smaller fish, that too after an objection from SC. How about the big fish like Shah and Modi. They speak the most vulgar and objectionable language while speaking. Unless you hook big fish, the election narratives will not improve.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Should have barred them from contesting elections.

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    We Welcome steps taken by EC more action needed..

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  • Rocks, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Good decision by EC :)

    Also ec stop modi to campaign... Since he does only one thing spread lies and plays religious card and fools us..

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  • Rocks, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Good decision by EC :)

    Also ec stop modi to campaign... Since he does only one thing spread lies and plays religious card and fools us..

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