New Delhi, April 15: The Election Commission of India on Monday banned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati from election campaigning in the Lok Sabha elections for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively.
While action against the BSP chief came for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) seeking votes on religious grounds. Adityanath has been barred for using words such as “Hara virus” and “Ali Bajrang Bali” during his poll speeches,
“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 Election Commission order on Adityanath stated.
In a separate order, the poll panel censured Mayawati and “strongly condemned the impugned statements made by her”.
It said she would also be banned from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterance in media related to elections for 48 hours.
The two leaders were issued notice last Friday (April 12) and were asked to submit their replies within a span of 24 hours.