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Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati Punished For Poll Code Violation

Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati Punished For Poll Code Violation

Following the Election Commission direction, Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati can't address any public meeting, campaigns or address the media from tomorrow.

At a BJP rally on 9 April, Adityanath had said that "if Ali is with the BSP-SP-RLD alliance, then Bajrangbali is with the BJP".

The Election Commission of India has passed orders temporarily barring incumbent Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the BSP's Mayawati from campaigning for the 2019 general elections on finding them guilty of having made polarising, communal speeches in violation fo the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

In separate orders, the Election Commission "condemned" the two speeches and "censured" the politicians before issuing a gag order.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi summoned a representative of the poll panel on Tuesday, while agreeing to examine its contention that it has limited legal power to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering.

The Commission said that it was convinced that both leaders had made "highly provocative" speeches which had the tone and tenor to "aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between different religious communities". Both Mayawati and Adityanath were served notices from the ECI. "The hurried nature of the action shows that it was taken under pressure".

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The bench referred to submissions of the EC that they can issue a notice, then advisory and finally lodge a complaint against an errant politician for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by giving hate speeches based on caste and religion during the campaign.

The EC issued the notice to Mayawati over her speech in Deoband appealing to Muslims not to vote for the Congress, saying that prima facie the BSP chief had violated the model code of conduct. The court also chose to examine the ambit of the EC's powers, asking if the poll panel is even aware of its powers to force errant political leaders to fall in line.

The apex court said then it was appropriate to examine the scope of powers of the poll panel which is also a constitutional body.

Adityanath had made controversial remarks about the Muslim League and had dubbed them as a "green virus" while suggesting that Hindu and Muslim voters are facing off in a "Ali-Bajrang Bali" contest.

File image of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

The ban on Shah was lifted in a few days after he assured the poll body that he would not disturb public tranquility and law and order.


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