EC bars SP, BSP and BJP leaders from poll campaigning

EC bars SP, BSP and BJP leaders from poll campaigning

"The Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances (electronic, print, social media) etc in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 6 am on 16 April 2019", the panel said.

While Maywati has been pulled up for asking Muslims to vote for BSP-SP alliance, Yogi Adityanath has been reprimanded for his Ali vs Bajrang Bali comment.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been barred from campaigning for the next three days for his communal comments by the Election Commission, which recently faced opposition allegations that it is soft on leaders of the ruling party violating the Model Code of Conduct.

According to reports, the Election Commission "condemned" the two speeches and "censured" the politicians before issuing a gag order.

The commission said the leaders are being penalised for their objectionable speeches. Both Mayawati and Adityanath were served notices from the ECI. They issue a notice if someone violates model code.or uses religion or caste for votes.then an advisory of they don't follow notice. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said the ECI is duty-bound to take action against those who make hateful remarks and violate the model code of conduct. "The hurried nature of the action shows that it was taken under pressure".

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Mayawati, the poll panel said, has been penalised for her speech urging the Muslim community to vote for the alliance in the state and to not divide votes by choosing the Congress.

The counsel appearing for the poll panel said that it has already issued notices against the two politicians.

CM Adityanath had compared the Lok Sabha election to a contest between "Ali", a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman.

The apex court made the observation while hearing a PIL seeking strict action against political parties if their leaders and spokespersons deliver speeches and make remarks along religion and caste lines. However, after the EC's order she will not be able to attend the rally. But there is a clear precedent from 2014 Lok Sabha elections when BJP's Amit Shah and Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan were barred from campaigning for the remaining duration of the election after they failed to stick to the model code of conduct.

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