The Election Commission has barred Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati from campaigning for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections for different periods.
Yogi Adityanath is barred for 72 hours, Mayawati has been barred for 48 hours.
The BSP supremo, in her speech in Deoband UP said the Congress party was busy dividing the votes and cautioned the gathering to guard against any such attempt. “In western UP, where people of all communities live…in Saharanpur, Bareilly, where there is a huge Muslim population…I want to tell the Muslim community…don’t divide your votes…give it to the BSP, SP and RLD alliance,” she had said.
Yogi Adityanath has been pulled up for calling the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) a ‘virus’ as well as for his April 9 speech in which he had said, “If the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have faith in Ali, we have faith in Bajrang Bali (another name for Hanuman).”
“The Commission observes that being the CM of a state, Sh Yogi Adityanath has an added responsibility to not only uphold the basic tenets, including secularism of the Constitution but also to display the same in his public appearances/speeches as well,” the Election Commission said in its order today.
The orders barring Adityanath and Mayawati from campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours, respectively, will come into effect from 6 am tomorrow.