The Election Commission has put a 48-hour ban on BSP chief Mayawati’s poll campaigning for her comments while seeking votes from Muslims in Deoband last week. Mayawati has claimed that the decision of poll body is “murder of democracy” and it has been taken “under some sort of pressure”.

The Election Commission has given a “free hand to Amit Shah and the PM to spread hatred,” she said. The poll commission “seems to have shut its ears and eyes when it comes to them,” she added. The BSP chief was barred from campaigning on Tuesday and Wednesday that she asked the Muslims not to “split votes” between the Congress and her alliance.

The Election Commission has pointed out that as per Model Code, appealing to caste or communal feelings to secure votes is not allowed. “I had made it clear in my explanation that I hadn’t sought votes on basis of caste/creed,” Mayawati said. “I had only urged Muslims to ensure that their vote isn’t divided. I amply stated that I hadn’t made remarks against any religion, remarks that vitiate the atmosphere. The Election Commission overlooked all this,” she added.

Mayawati is not contesting but is leading the alliance with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Ajit Singh in Uttar Pradesh. “The decision could have been implemented a day later too… The motive seems that I can’t appeal to people of this region,” Mayawati quoted.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav has also criticized the poll body’s decision and tweeted,  “EC directive against @mayawati ji begs the question: do they have the integrity to stop PM from asking for votes in the name of the army?”

After the Supreme Court pulled up the EC for not taking action against Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, this afternoon the Election Commission ordered a ban on Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning.

 

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