Mayawati called the EC "anti-Dalit" and accused it of working at the behest of BJP. The Election Commission said on Monday it "strongly condemned" UP CM Yogi Adityanath for his "green virus" and "Ali-Bajrang Bali" remarks made while campaigning in Meerut on April 9 and "censures" him for the "misconduct". Passing a similar verdict against BSP chief Mayawati for her "highly provocative speech" on April 7 at Deoband, Saharanpur, asking Muslims to vote unitedly in favour of their candidate, the EC concluded that both Adityanath and Mayawati's remarks "contaminated" the electoral process. Relevantly on a day it drew flak from the SC for failing to rein in controversial statements of politicians, the Election Commission barred four senior leaders - UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Union minister Maneka Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Azam Khan - from campaigning for 48-72 hours for their "highly provocative" or "derogatory" remarks made during the course of campaigning.
Published On: Apr 16, 2019