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EC issues show-cause notice to Mayawati, says she violated poll code

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Thursday issued a show-cause notice to over her speech in Deoband appealing to Muslims not to vote for a particular party, finding that the BSP had violated the model code of conduct.

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

L Venkateshwarlu had received several complaints and he sought a report from the district administration on the issue.

The commission, in its notice to Mayawati, said it is of the opinion that the BSP chief has violated provisions of the model code of conduct.

It also asked to explain her stand regarding her statement.

The EC 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 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 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.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 22:25 IST