AMN / NEW DELHI
Election Commission today prohibited UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for 72 hours and former chief minister Mayawati for 48 hours for violation of Model Code of Conduct.
The action by the Election Commission on Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati came as the Supreme Court today questioned what action it could take against leaders in case of violation of the Model Code
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. The commission also took action against Mayawati, barring her from campaigning for 48 hours for her provocative speech in Deoband.
At a recent meeting in Deoband, Mayawati had warned the Muslim community not to “split votes” between the Congress and her alliance. Appealing to caste or communal feelings to secure votes is a no-no under the model code, which is a series of dos and don’ts for political parties ahead of elections.
Days later, hitting out at Mayawati, Yogi Adityanath said, “If the Congress, the SP and the BSP have faith in Ali, then we too have faith in Bajrang Bali” – a comment that triggered outraged protests from the opposition. While Ali is revered by Muslims as Prophet Mohammad’s successor, Bajrang Bali is another name for Lord Hanuman.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court — which was hearing an appeal seeking action against political parties using use religion and caste to seek votes — was extremely upset when the Election Commission’s representative said, “We don’t have any powers. We can’t bar them from contesting. We can de-recognise them”.