A plea by Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati that challenged a ban on her from campaigning for 48 hours by the Election Commission was turned down by the Supreme Court today. “It seems the Election Commission has woken up by our orders and barred various politicians from campaigning for varying timing. This makes it clear no further orders are required now,” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.
At a recent meeting in Deoband, Mayawati had warned the Muslim community not to “split votes” between the Congress and her alliance. Appealing to caste or communal feelings to secure votes is a no-no under the model code, which is a series of dos and don’ts for political parties ahead of elections.
The Election Commission on Monday also barred Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for three days for his communal comments.
The poll body recently faced opposition allegations that it was soft on leaders of the ruling party violating the election code.
The EC’s action this time came on a day the Supreme Court pulled it up for failing to take action in cases of code violation, and questioning if it was even aware of its powers to force errant political leaders to fall in line.
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