The Election Commission of India (ECI) has barred Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Bhahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for violating the election Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
Yogi is barred from campaigning for the next 72 hours while Mayawati will not be allowed to campaign for the next 48 hours. It was first BSP chief Mayawait who appealed the Muslim voters to vote for Samajwadi Party and BSP alliance in UP and also said not to split the vote bank. Then it was UP CM Yogi who reacted on Mayawati's comments. At a rally in Meerut, Yogi said, SP and BSP have faith in 'Ali', we have faith in 'Bajrang Bali.'
These statements of Yogi and Mayawati were taken into cognizance by the EC and under Article 324 of the Constitution of India, they took the above action.
The Supreme Court has wrapped up EC earlier in the day for not taking swiftly on hate speeches by politicians during the election campaign. Just after Supreme Court's critical comments on EC, the poll panel had acted.