The Election Commission has barred Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from Lok Sabha poll campaigning for next 72 hours. The development comes after the Supreme Court rebuked the poll panel for â€˜having limited power to act against such leadersâ€™ A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had asked the representative of Election Commission to appear before it tomorrow. The poll panel has barred the UP Chief Minister from holding public meetings, road shows and giving media interviews for 72 hours starting from 6 am on April 16.
Election Commission bans UP CM Yogi Adityanath from holding public meetings, road shows & giving media interviews for 72 hours, starting 6 am tomorrow, for violating Model Code of Conduct by making objectionable statements in his speeches. https://t.co/2SycB93NXb pic.twitter.com/HOgRO4XRSqâ€” News Nation (@NewsNationTV) April 15, 2019
â€œHe (yogi Adiyanath) being the CM of a state has an added responsibility to not only uphold the basic tenets, including secularism,of the Constitution, but also to display the same in his public appearances/speeches,â€ the poll panel said in its notice against UP Chief Minister. Last week, on Thursday the poll panel had issued a show cause notice to Yogi Adityanath for his "Ali" and "Bajrang Bali" remarks while addressing a rally in Meerut. Finding him prima facie guilty of violating the model code of conduct, the commission asked him to respond by Friday evening. Adityanath had compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between 'Ali', a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman.
"Agar Congress, SP, BSP ko 'Ali' par vishwaas hai toh humein bhi 'Bajrang Bali' par vishwaas hai (If the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have faith in Ali, we have faith in Hanuman)," the UP CM had said. His statement came while referring to BSP chief Mayawati's speech at a rally in Deoband, where she urged Muslims to back the alliance.