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EC bars SP, BSP and BJP leaders from poll campaigning

EC bars SP, BSP and BJP leaders from poll campaigning

The ban on Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati will come in force from 6 am tomorrow.

In a separate order against Ms. Gandhi, the EC said it had seen the video recording of her speech and was convinced that it violated the provisions of the model code as laid down in Para 3 and 4 of Part-1 of the "General Conduct" section, pertaining to bribing or intimidation of voters. "They say that they first issue a notice, then advisory and then complain", the bench said, adding it would examine the aspect relating to poll panel's power to deal with hate speeches during the poll campaign. Referring to the campaign trail in Kerala, where the Congress is allied with the Muslim League, Adityanath is reported to have said that the Congress has been infected with the "green virus".

Amroha/Aligarh: In an apparent dig at BSP supremo Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Sunday said those who did not have faith in Lord Ram and Lord Krishna were now taking refuge in "Bajrang Bali".

The two have been barred from using social media as well. "On April 5, he was asked to be "careful" in the future".

But the Congress has taken issue with such assertions, in particular, pointing to leaked government data that showed unemployment rose to its highest level in at least 45 years in 2017/18.

The tongue-lashing by the top court sent the poll panel into a hyperactive mode as it banned both the Uttar Pradesh leaders from campaigning for three and two days respectively within minutes of the court hearing.

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Adityanath was previously warned by the EC as he was found violating the MCC, by saying ' Modiji ki sena, ' while raking up the Balakot air strike during a Ghaziabad rally.

The commission on Monday also banned Azam Khan, a leader from the Samajwadi Party (SP), an ally of the BSP, and minister Maneka Gandhi from campaigning for violating the code of conduct.

The EC acted against Mr Adityanath for his "Ali" and "Bajrang Bali" remarks while addressing a rally in Meerut on April 9. Ali is a revered figure in Islam and Hanuman is often called Bajrangbali.

The apex court said then it was appropriate to examine the scope of powers of the poll panel which is also a constitutional body.

The Commission said that it was convinced that both leaders had made "highly provocative" speeches which had the tone and tenor to "aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between different religious communities".