New Delhi: After Election Commission banned BSP chief Mayawati from campaigning for 48 hours for violating poll code, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter questioning the poll panel's integrity and asked whether it could stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from seeking votes in the name of the Army.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally on 9 April at Latur, Maharashtra, urged the first time voters to dedicate their votes to the Air Force which carried out air strikes at Balakot.
EC barred the Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati from poll campaigning for 72, 48 hours respectively. The bar comes into force from 6 am on 16 April.
The commission observed: “Mayawati in her impugned speech, has appealed to secure votes on religious lines that tantamount to violation of provisions of ‘General Conduct’ of “Model Code of Conduct, for the guidance of political parties and candidates”.
Mayawati made the objectionable statements during the public rally on 7 April at Deoband, Saharanpur.
The SP-BSP-RLD are contesting in alliance in Uttar Pradesh.
Akhilesh Yadav wrote on twitter:
EC directive against @mayawati ji begs the question: do they have integrity to stop PM from asking for votes in name of the army?
Here’s the quote @ECISVEEP: “मैं फ़र्स्ट टाइम वोटर से कहना चाहता हूँ कि आपका पहला वोट पुलवामा में जो वीर शहीद हुए उनके नाम समर्पित हो सकता है क्या?”
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) April 15, 2019
Taking note of their alleged objectionable statements in speeches, the Election Commission on Monday barred Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati from election campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively, for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
Uttar Pradesh witnessed poll for eight Lok Sabha seats on 11 April during the first phase of election. It will go to poll on 18, 23 and 29 April as well as on 6, 12 and 19 May for 8, 10, 13, 14 and 13 seats respectively. The counting of votes would take place on 23 May.
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Updated Date: Apr 16, 2019 14:13:27 IST