ECI temporarily bars Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati from campaigning

SC to examine Election Commission's action on hate speeches

Supreme Court of India

Responding to the EC orders, BSP chief Mayawati late on Monday said the 48-hour ban on her campaigning reflected the "anti-Dalit" mindset of the panel and alleged that the decision was unconstitutional and cruel.

The two have been barred from using social media as well.

The poll body had issued a notice to Yogi Adityanath over his recent "Bajrang Bali and Ali" remarks while addressing an election rally in Meerut, whereas Mayawati was issued one over her appeal to Muslims to not "divide votes by voting for Congress" remarks at the Deoband rally. "The hurried nature of the action shows that it was taken under pressure".

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The action against Yogi Adityanath was taken for his "Ali and Bajrangbali" comment, while Mayawati is barred from poll campaigning for seeking Muslim votes.

The orders, in which the Election Commission censured the four politicians, also prevent them from giving interviews or making any comment on the electronic, print orsocial media in connection with the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

A SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi ordered the representative of EC to appear before it on Tuesday.

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On being asked about the different time periods for the two leaders, a senior EC functionary explained: "It is for the second time that the Uttar Pradesh CM has been issued a show cause notice by the EC". Dissatisfied with the EC counsel's response and the unusually soft approach taken by the commission against errant politicians, the bench said, "We would like to examine the matter".

EC acted against the two leaders for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for uttering communal remarks in their speeches. While Ali is revered by Muslims as Prophet Mohammad's successor, Bajrang Bali is another name for Lord Hanuman.

The commission also observed that Yogi Adityanath, as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, had the added responsibility to not only uphold basic tenets including secularism but also to display the same in his public statements and meetings.

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The order said, the EC is convinced that Adityanath made a "highly provocative" speech which had the "tone and tenor" to aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between religious communities. 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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