In an unprecedented move, the Election Commission has cracked the whip on two senior leaders of the BJP as well the Bahujan Samaj party (BSP), for violating the model code of conduct, exceeding the brief on usage of language.
Taking strong objection to the language that used by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogityanath as well the BSP supremo Mayawati, which bound to whip up communal passions, the election commission had admonished.
“We strongly condemn both these leaders for their communal remarks,” the Election Commission observed.
While Adityanath was barred for 72 hours from campaigning, then Mayawati was asked to restrain for next 48 hours. In other words, both the leaders will be off of the second phase of poll campaigning. The second phase polls are set on April 18.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi was served the notice for his “Ali” and “Bajrang Bali” remarks while addressing a rally in Meerut. He also compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between ‘Ali’, a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu God Hanuman.
The orders barring Adityanath and Mayawati from campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours, respectively, will come into effect from 6 am on Tuesday.
The EC’s action should serve as an eye-opener to all those others, who are indulging in unacceptable language either in case of religion or gender. Senior SP leader Azam Khan’s uncharitable remarks against actress-turned politician, Jayaprasada, who is contesting from Rampur, in Uttar Pradesh, or BJP leader Union Minister Maneka Gandhi’s blatant ‘threat’ to a particular community, if they not vote for her, or another leader Sakshi Maharaj, also of BJP making similar remarks, are under the scrutiny of the Election Commission.
Even some parties like the AIMIM, whose leaders were also known for indulging in communal politics, needs to be careful over the language, tone and tenor. That party chief Asaduddin Owaisi is campaigning for the success of his party nominees in neighboring Maharashtra as well in Bihar.