Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati Banned From Campaigning by Election Commission For Violating MCC

Amroha/Aligarh: In an apparent dig at BSP supremo Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Sunday said those who did not have faith in Lord Ram and Lord Krishna were now taking refuge in "Bajrang Bali".

At a rally on April 9, allegedly in response to Ms. Mayawati's appeal on April 7 to Muslims to vote for the BSP-Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance, Mr. Adityanath had said that if the Congress, the SP and the BSP had faith in "Ali", "then we also have faith in Bajrangbali". On finding that the same was highly provocative and had the tone and tenor to aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between different religious communities, the Election Commission has barred Adityanath from carrying out electoral campaign work for a 72 -hour period starting from 6 am on April 16 (Tuesday).

In a separate order, the poll panel censured Mayawati and "strongly condemned the impugned statements made by her".

A SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi ordered the representative of EC to appear before it on Tuesday.

The poll panel had also asked Adityanath to explain his comment calling the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) a "virus" and saying that the Congress was infected with this "green virus".

The Election Commission on Monday imposed restrictions on the campaigning of four senior politicians for violating the model code of conduct in Uttar Pradesh.

The commission's orders came hours after the Supreme Court gave the poll panel time till tomorrow to report on the action taken against the two prominent politicians for their controversial speeches.

"This is the first show cause and action against the BSP president ... the severity of the action is, therefore, different", he said.

During the hearing, the bench asked the counsel for EC as to what action they have taken against Mayawati and Yogi Adityanath for alleged hate speeches. "All other challenges are capable of early resolution", Mr Jaitley said in a Facebook post titled "Why Jammu and Kashmir, and new approach to terrorism will remain a key political issue".

He compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between "Ali", a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman.

The ban on Shah was lifted in a few days after he assured the poll body that he would not disturb public tranquility and law and order.