EC: Menaka Gandhi, Azam Khan, Adityanath, Mayawati blamed, barred from campaigning

In order, the poll panel banned Yogi Adityanath for 72 hours from campaigning while the ban on Mayawati will last for 48 hours starting 6 am from Tuesday and Azam Khan barred for 72 hours and EC banning Maneka Gandhi from campaigning for 72 hours and Azam Khan barred for 72 hours.

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The Election Commission on Monday “strongly condemned” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP supremo Mayawati, Azam Khan and Maneka Gandhi for their communal remarks and barred them from campaigning for different periods.

While Adityanath was barred for 72 hours, Mayawati has been barred for 48 hours, separate EC orders said. EC banning Maneka Gandhi from campaigning for 72 hours and Azam Khan barred for 72 hours.

At a meeting in Sultanpur on April 11, the BJP politician had said that if Muslims do not vote for her, she would not help them. This has resulted in the Election Commission of India banning her from campaigning for 72 hours starting 10 am on Tuesday.

“I am winning, but if my victory is without Muslims, I will not feel good, because then there is a bitter feeling,” Gandhi had said. “If Muslims come for some work after that I will think ‘why bother?’. Because employment is a negotiation, after all, isn’t that right? We are not Mahatma Gandhi’s children to keep giving without getting anything in return.”

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has been barred from campaigning by the Election Commission (EC) for 72 hours, starting 6 am from Tuesday. He has also been booked by the Rampur police for his derogatory ‘khaki underwear comment’ against the actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has strongly condemned his remark and served a notice to him.

A case has been registered against him under Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

Mayawati has issued the notice for her speech in Deoband appealing to Muslims to not vote for a particular party. The BSP chief had prima facie violated the model code of conduct, the poll panel found.

Adityanath was served the notice for his “Ali” and “Bajrang Bali” remarks while addressing a rally in Meerut.

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



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