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EC bars Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for 72 hours and Mayawati for 48 hours


New Delhi, Apr 15 (IANS): The Election Commission on Monday barred BSP chief Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning in the Lok Sabha elections for 48 and 72 hours respectively.

While the action against Mayawati came for violating the Model Code of Conduct when she asked Muslims at a rally in Saharanpur to vote in favour of the SP-BSP-RLD combine, Adityanath was barred over his "green virus" and "Ali and Bajrang Bali" comments.

"The Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution and other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media) in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 6 a.m. on April 16 (Tuesday)," the Election Commission order on Adityanath said.

In a separate order, the poll panel censured Mayawati and "strongly condemned the impugned statements made by her".

It said she would also be barred from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterance in media related to elections for 48 hours.

The Commission said that it was convinced that both leaders had made "highly provocative" speeches which had the tone and tenor to "aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between different religious communities". It added that the two leaders had also violated provisions of the model code by making appeals to secure votes on religious lines.

The poll panel said that being senior leaders, Adityanath and Mayawati should have desisted from making statements that have the undertone and propensity to polarise the elections, which is not confined to the constituency only where the statement is made, but to the other parts as well, due to fast dissemination of information in the digital age.

"The Commission observes that being the Chief Minister of a state, Yogi Adityanath has an added responsibility to not only uphold the basic tenets, including secularism, of the Constitution of India but also to display the same in his appearances/meetings/speeches as well," it added.

The Election Commission had on April 11 issued notices to both Mayawati and Adityanath for violating the model code of conduct.

While the BSP leader had urged the Muslim community to vote only for SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidates, the Chief Minister had said that if the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party had faith in Ali, "we have faith in 'Bajrangbali'".

The poll panel had also asked Adityanath to explain his comment calling the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) a "virus" and saying that the Congress was infected with this "green virus".

Comment on this article

  • SP Shetty, Kateel

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Future Prime Minister of India Yogi.

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    The question being asked is why the Election Commission has been lenient to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Are there separate rules or code for the PM?

    The PM has been shown live on TV saying, “ Congress insulted Hindus. People have decided to punish it in the election. Leaders of that party are now scared of contesting from constituencies dominated by the majority (Hindu) population. That is why they are forced to take refuge in places where the majority is in a minority,” at an election rally in Wardha in Maharashtra.

    The PM has also been seeking votes by invoking the victims of the suicide bombing at Pulwama and by referring to the Indian Armed Forces and the air strike at Balakot.
    One of the options before the Commission is to debar the politician from campaigning for two, three or ten days, the CEC declared.

    So, will the Prime Minister be debarred from campaigning?

    Amit Shah vows to throw illegal immigrants into the Bay of Bengal. “A Bharatiya Janata Party government will pick up infiltrators one by one and throw them into the Bay of Bengal,” he said, referring to illegal immigrants from neighboring Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
    He basically said that all 'infiltrators' will be removed from India, with a few exceptions, that are 'Buddha, Hindu, and Sikhs'.
    Why the Election Commission of India is not taking any action against BJP party president Amit Shah just openly advocating ethnic cleansing?

    1. The Election Commission of India should give an explanation in writing to the nation, why every election EVM stops working and favors the BJP to win?
    2. Why indelible ink is disappearing with a simple touch of nail polish remover?
    3. Why electoral bonds to the parties can't be made public?

    Jai Hind

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  • M Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    EC should ban NaMo and Shah immediately until the election is over. Because they are the people started hatred speech.

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  • Francis Dsouza, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Election and Supreme Court must bring strict rules in future for all candidates including ministers. If they violate model code then they should be barred from contesting election. CM of UP and even PM of India Defence Forces in Politics. Is it not violation of Model code of election. Why there is no action against Menaka Gandhi ? Our Brave Army belongs/serves to 125 Crore Indians but PM and CM of UP says it belongs to PM of India. Who is the Supreme Commander of Defence Forces, Prime Minister or President of India.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Mind-blowing job by Election Commission. No words to express. Keep it up till the election is over.

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  • S. Francis, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Why Maneka Gandhi left out, who threatened Muslim voters. She should be banned from contesting.

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  • Logical Thinking, India

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Campaigning bars only for 72 hours (3 days)… that means after 72 hours he/she can use the same language/statement...
    this is something Soft punishment from EC... should have banned till election is complete....

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  • Arun, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Well done EC, finally they awake and took Wright decision. Dongi baba Bogi Adithyanath should banned forever...........

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Dongi or real problem with Tongue which has to be contained.

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    SC must bring strict rules in future like campaigning must be limited to what they did and what they promise to do..no personal attacks like Chawkidar Chor , pappu ,feku, Bar Girl so on & Specially not drag religion & Army in Politics. Our Brave Army belongs/serves to 125 Crore Indians.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Deva
    Under Indian Constitution SC has no power during election. EC is the supreme power and SC can give suggestion and no orders to EC

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  • myna, Mysuru

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    EC has to take a tough stand and debar such politicians from campaigning till the end of the elections either through addressing rallies or circulating their message on social media, for fanning communal passions among the electorate. Unless such drastic action is taken things will not improve. This censure is a mild one.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Why only bars, they need jail term. thesee people are very dangerous to society answel as India.

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  • Flavian, m

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    When IT will conduct raids on BJP party members ? why delay? Are they the chosen ones by the creator ? Blemish less !

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  • Vishu, Moodabidri

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Not Enough..

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    When Election Commission is going to bar Modi and Shah from election campaign ?

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