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EC puts curbs on Yogi, Mayawati campaign

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday barred and Uttar Pradesh from campaigning in the elections for 48 and 72 hours respectively.

While the action against came for violating the 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 order on Adityanath said.

In a separate order, the poll panel censured 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 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 of a state, has an added responsibility to not only uphold the basic tenets, including secularism, of the Constitution of but also to display the same in his appearances/meetings/speeches as well," it added.

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

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

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



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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 16:28 IST