EC bars Madhya Pradesh minister Mohan Yadav from campaigning tomorrow over 'intemperate language'

Twenty-eight seats in Madhya Pradesh will go for bypolls on 3 November for which canvassing is underway. The campaigning ends on 1 November

Press Trust of India October 31, 2020 00:01:53 IST
EC bars Madhya Pradesh minister Mohan Yadav from campaigning tomorrow over 'intemperate language'

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New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday reprimanded Madhya Pradesh minister Mohan Yadav for using "intemperate language transgressing the limits of decency" and barred him from campaigning in the state bypolls for a day on 31 October.

Twenty-eight seats in Madhya Pradesh will go for bypolls on 3 November for which canvassing is on. The campaigning ends on 1 November evening. In its order, the poll panel said it was not satisfied with Yadav's response to its notice.

"The Commission is satisfied that the statements therein amount to use of intemperate language transgressing the limit of decency," it said.

The notice stated, "The Election Commission hereby, reprimands you for violating the provisions of... General Conduct of Model Code of Conduct and use of intemperate language transgressing the limits of decency and expects that you, being an responsible political leader, shall not repeat such indecent utterances during election time."

Using its Constitutional powers under Article 324, the poll panel also barred Yadav, the Minister for Higher Education in Madhya Pradesh from holding "anywhere in Madhya Pradesh" any public meeting, procession, rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media), "for one day on October 31."

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