EC bars Yogi, Mayawati from campaigning for violating Model Code of Conduct

Cheryl Sanders
April 17, 2019

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". She said that if she gets only Muslim votes, then grand-alliance doesn't need the votes of others. The BSP chief had prima facie violated the model code of conduct, the poll panel found.

Reacting to EC action against her, Mayawati said, "The ban on me will always be viewed as a blot on the EC's history". While making an election speech in Saharanpur, Mayawati is reported to have made a special appeal to Muslim voters to vote for the coalition parties fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also summoned an EC representative for Tuesday while agreeing to examine the poll panel's contention that it has limited legal powers to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering. "You must act when these statements are issued", the top court said. People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality.

Ms. Jayaprada had won Lok Sabha elections from Rampur in 2009 and 2014 on an SP ticket.

Jaitley, who heads the BJP's publicity department in the election, said the number of people who live in poverty would drop to below 15 per cent in the next three years and to a negligible level in the 10 years after that.

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

"This will be remembered as a Black Day in the history of the EC", she said at a press conference.

EC's counsel Amit Sharma informed the court that notices were issued to both Mayawati and Adityanath on April 11 but they had not filed their replies.

He further said that during the course of election campaign, whenever issues relating to the terror attack at Pulwama and the air strikes at Balakot are raised, India's opposition is on the back-foot.

Just after the apex court made a decision to examine the EC's powers, both Mr Adityanath and Ms Mayawati were restrained from participating in election meetings for three and two days respectively.

Soon after the EC banned Ms. Mayawati, her ally SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asked the Commission if it had the "integrity" to "stop the PM" from asking for votes in the name of the Army.

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