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Communal speech: EC bars Adiyanath, Mayawati from campaigning for 72 and 48 hrs respectively

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a first, the on Monday imposed a nation-wide ban on minister and from campaigning for 72 and 48 hours respectively from Tuesday for their "provocative" communal remarks, which it said had the "propensity to polarise the elections".

The order to bar these leaders came within few hours of the taking note of the communal remarks by them during their poll campaigns and asking the poll watchdog about the action it has initiated against them.

However, a senior functionary said the commission had examined the two issues on April 14-15, and came up with the final decision on Monday after lots of deliberation as it felt a clear message should go out to the politicians.

In its order, the commission said, it "strongly condemns" the impugned statement made by the UP minister and "censured" him for "misconduct".

Using its constitutional powers under Article 324 of the Constitution, the barred him from "holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (print, electronic and social media) in connection with the ongoing elections for 72 hours (three days) from 6.00 am on April 16."

In another order on similar lines, the commission also censured and "strongly" condemned for her remarks, and barred her from campaigning for 48 hours or two days, starting from 6.00 am Tuesday.

According to EC officials, this is for the first time an all-ban has been imposed on politicians to campaign in elections and also it is for the first time such a restriction has been put against a

On the different time periods for the leaders, a said, "it is for the second time that the CM has been issued a show cause notice by the EC. On April 5, he was asked to be 'careful' in the future."

"This is the first show cause and action against the BSP ... the severity of the action is, therefore, different," he said.

The EC has written to chief electoral officers of all states informing them about their decision on Adityanath and to ensure that the orders are not violated.

Mayawati was issued the notice for her speech in Deoband, where she appealed to Muslims to not vote for the

The BSP chief had violated the Model Code of Conduct, the poll panel found.

Chief Minister Adityanath 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 (another name of god Hanuman).

The poll panel also observed that being the chief minister of a state, 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 public appearances".

The order said, the EC is convinced that Adityanath made a "highly provocative" speech which had the "tone and tenor" to aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between religious communities.

The poll panel told Mayawati that being a senior leader, she should have "desisted" from making such comments that have the "undertone and propensity to polarise the elections" in several constituencies due to the reach of the media.

Earlier, a bench headed by has summoned a of the EC on Tuesday while agreeing to examine the poll panel's contention that it has limited legal powers to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering.

During 2014 LS polls, the EC had imposed state-specific ban on and from campaigning in on April 11 for their controversial remarks.

The ban on Shah was lifted in a few days after he assured the poll body that he would not disturb public tranquillity and law and order. Since Khan had not given a similar assurance, the ban on him had continued.

A similar ban was placed on from campaigning in and for his controversial remarks that people who do not vote for will have to find a place in

While there was no immediate reaction from Adityanath and Mayawati, took to to ask EC whether it is capable to issue similar directives to the

"EC directive against @mayawati ji begs the question: do they have integrity to stop PM from asking for votes in name of the

Narendra Modi's remarks asking first-time voters to dedicate their vote to those who carried out the Balakot air strike are under examination of the poll panel. The poll authorities in Maharashtra's Latur, where he made the speech, have told EC that prima facie the comments are violative of its orders, asking parties against using the armed forces in their campaigns.

Meanwhile, the EC is also examining Azam Khan's alleged "underwear" jibe against his BJP rival from Rampur seat

"If the EC concludes that he has actually made those remarks, it would take a call based on the provision. It can also go beyond the ambit of the model code as the reported remarks are not in a good taste," a said.

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