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Lucknow, May 14: Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati on Tuesday asked the Election Commission to include the expenses of roadshows in the candidates account and ban temple visits.

She said that holding roadshows and visiting temples have become a ‘fashion’ during elections and a huge amount of money is spent on this.

She demanded that the media should be banned from covering these roadshows and temple visits. She added, ‘Roadshows and offering prayers has become a fashion during elections, where a lot of money is spent. Election Commission should add this expense to the candidate’s total expenditure limit’.

Mayawati said that this was a clear violation of the model code of conduct and the leaders who take part in such activities should be banned from campaigning.

The BSP chief is one of the few leaders who has never held a roadshow in her entire political career. Even the BSP candidates are not allowed to hold roadshows in their constituencies.

She said that people know the ground reality and she can sense the change in the thinking of people.

“Even the RSS seems to have stopped supporting the BJP in the middle of elections and ‘swayamsevaks’ (RSS volunteers) are no longer seen working in the field,” she pointed out.

BSP Supremo also launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, ‘PM Modi’s government is losing this election, it appears that even RSS has stopped supporting them. In view of unfulfilled election promises & the public agitation, their swayamsevaks are not being seen putting in the work, it has made Shri Modi nervous’.

It should be noted that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited temples when he was barred from campaigning by the Election Commission.

General Elections 2019 is being held across seven phases starting April 11 to May 19. Counting of the votes will be held on May 23. Voting of the remaining 59 constituencies will be held in last and seventh phase slated for May 19.

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