Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath has been barred from campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections for the next three days. The Election Commission took the decision following the recent controversy about his communal comments made during campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party. EC had been criticized lately for being soft on leaders of the ruling party whenever one of them violated 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.
The ban was directed shortly after the Supreme Court made enquiry of the powers vested in the Election Commission if anyone violates the election Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and makes hate speech. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court had made the decision to examine the scope of the powers of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to deal with cases relating to the violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and hate speeches by politicians. The panel consists of present Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
Within a couple of hours, the poll body — which earlier issued notices to Yogi Adiyanath and Mayawati — ordered a ban, invoking special powers under Article 324 of the Constitution.The order prohibits both Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews and public utterances in media (electronic, print and social media) in connection with ongoing elections. The time period of the ban starts at 6 am on Tuesday, 16th April.
EC said that it “strongly condemns” Yogi for his “green virus” and “Ali-Bajrangbali” remarks during the election campaign in Meerut on April 9th.
Similar comments were made on Mayawati’s “highly provocative speech” in Deoband. Yogi Adityanath was let off with advice to be more careful with his public utterances the last time EC found him guilty of violating the code of conduct.