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EC issues show-cause notice to Mayawati over violation of poll code

In a speech in Deoband, Mayawati had reportedly appealed to Muslims not to vote for a particular party

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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BSP Chief Mayawati

The Thursday issued a show-cause notice to over her speech in appealing to Muslims not to vote for a particular party, finding that the chief had prima facie violated the

The chief electoral officer Sunday had sought a report from Saharanpur district administration on chief Mayawati's speech during the joint SP-BSP-RLD rally in

Chief Electoral Officer had received several complaints and he sought a report from the district administration on the issue.

The commission, in its notice to Mayawati, said prima facie it is of the opinion that the chief has violated provisions of the

It also asked to explain her stand regarding her statement.

The said she should give an explanation within 24 hours of receiving the notice otherwise it would take its decision without making any further reference to her.

State BJP vice president J P S Rathore had also written to the chief electoral officer, alleging that appealing to Muslims not to vote for a particular party amounts to fanning religious passion and is a hindrance in holding free and fair polls.

During the rally Sunday, said the Congress was busy dividing the votes and cautioned the gathering to guard against any such attempt.

"In western UP, where people of all communities Saharanpur, Bareilly, where there is a huge Muslim population...I want to tell the Muslim community...don't divide your votes...give it to the BSP, SP and RLD alliance," she had said.

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 22:35 IST