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Twitter takes down Adityanath's controversial tweets on EC's directive

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Two tweets by with communal overtures have been taken down by following a directive from the Election Commission, sources said Wednesday.

The tweets posted on April 5 had referred to the Indian Union (IUML) as a "green virus".

The IUML had moved the commission against the tweets and had urged it to block Adityanath's account.

"The tweets have been removed from the timeline of the account of the UP CM," an said.

A message in place of the tweets reads, "This Tweet from @myogiadityanath has been withheld in in response to a legal demand."

The development comes after the Monday imposed a 72-hour campaigning ban on the for making communal remarks at a recent election meeting in The ban came into force from Tuesday morning.

"If the Congress, the SP and the BSP have faith in Ali, then we too have faith in Bajrang Bali," Adityanath had said at the rally, attracting the ire of the

He had also been making the "green virus" remark at election rallies across

Social networking platforms Twitter, and had removed more than 500 posts, advertisements, accounts and other objectionable content found to be violating the model code of conduct (MCC), following directions from the EC, between April 10 and 11.

" 468 posts were reported and removed. The posts included violations of MCC and voter misinformation. One post from Karnataka, two posts from and the remaining from Telangana. 32 ads active in Telangana were removed," the had said on April 11.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 19:20 IST