Lok Sabha Polls: EC bans Yogi Adityanath from Campaigning for 72 hours, Mayawati for 48 hours for Poll Code Violation

The Election Commission has on Monday ban Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati from election campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively. The Poll Panel said that a ban on both the Leaders will be in effect from 6 am tomorrow.

The Election Commission imposed a ban on both the leaders for violating the Model Code of Conduct by making objectionable and controversial statements in their rallies.

Earlier the Poll Panel had on Thursday issued notices and asked both the Politicians to furnish a reply.

Uttar Chief Minister and BJP Star Campaigner Yogi Adityanath had on April 9 made a controversial remark on Ali and Bajrangbali. Yogi while addressing a gathering in UP’s Meerut said ‘Congress and Mahagathbandhan have faith in Ali, then we have faith in Bajrangbali’.

While BSP Chief Mayawati while addressing a rally in Saharanpur’s Deoband made a communal appeal to Muslims, asked them not to allow a division of their votes.

Mayawati reportedly said that Mahagathbandhan is defeating BJP, and not the Congress, a want to make an appeal to Muslim voters not to allow division of votes’.

The Poll body in their notices gave to the reference of the Top Court that does not allow the use of caste and religion to be used in the poll campaign. The Poll Body in the notice further stated that it is of the opinion that the prima facie the leaders have violated the model code of conduct.

Earlier, the Poll panel had issued a warning to UP CM Yogi Adityanath for politicizing the Indian Army by calling it ‘Modi ki Sena’.The EC has asked him to be more mindful of the instructions given by the EC and avoid any references to the defence forces during elections.

General Elections have already started and 91 constituencies have voted on April 11. Uttar Pradesh will vote in all seven phases.

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