Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has alleged that the Election Commission was ignoring the “blatant violation of the model code of conduct” by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. (Catch All Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Action Here)
In a statement, she said that the Chief Minister had been banned from campaigning for a stipulated period but during that time, Yogi went around visiting temples and eating at the houses of Dalits.
“The Chief Minister’s activities are being widely published in the media which amounts to campaigning. Why is the Election Commission so generous towards him?” she asked.
Accusing the poll panel of wrongly favouring BJP leaders, she said, “It is impossible to have free and fair elections if the EC continues to turn a blind eye to the activities of BJP leaders.”
Mayawati alleged that the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seemed nervous and the real reason for this was the party’s anti-Dalit and anti-Muslim deeds.
A couple of days ago, the Supreme Court had refused to consider Mayawati’s plea challenging the EC’s 48-hr campaign ban on her and expressed satisfaction over the poll body’s action against leaders making hate speeches.
The bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, asked Mayawati’s counsel to file a separate appeal against the poll panel’s order.
On Monday, the EC had imposed a nationwide campaign ban on Adityanath for 72 hours and on Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Mayawati for 48 hours from Tuesday for their “provocative” communal remarks, which it said had the “propensity to polarise the elections”. A 72-hour ban had been put on SP leader Azam Khan as well.
While Adityanath, Mayawati and Gandhi were found guilty of violating the model code, the EC said Azam Khan not only violated the poll code, he also disregarded its November 2013 directive asking politicians to desist from “deeds or actions construed as being repugnant to the honour and dignity of women”.