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Adityanath didn't provoke religious sentiments, he only took name of God: UP BJP chief

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

came out in support of Yogi Adityanath, who has censured by the for his communal remarks, saying the minister only took the name of God.

The statement came hours after the "strongly condemned" Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati for their communal remarks and barred them from campaigning for 72 and 48 hours respectively.

In a statement issued here, Pandey said, "The is a disciplined political party and we respect the decision of the Minister did not in any way provoke religious sentiments, nor did he make any statement which could spread communal unrest. He only took the name of God."

"On the other hand, BSP supremo Mayawati and are seeking votes in the name of religion and also trying to spread communal unrest.

"resorted to use of vulgar and undignified language, and hence action should be initiated against and not Adityanath." he said.

The chief also urged the poll panel to re-consider its decision to impose 72-hour ban on Adityanath.

The Uttar Pradesh was served the notice for his "Ali" and "Bajrang Bali" remarks while addressing a rally in He compared the elections to a contest between 'Ali', a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, god Hanuman.

On the other hand, Mayawati was issued the notice for her speech in Deoband appealing to Muslims to not vote for a particular party. The had prima facie violated the model code of conduct, the poll panel found.

The orders barring Adityanath and Mayawati from campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively, will come into effect from 6 am on Tuesday.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 19:20 IST