EC curbs campaigning by Yogi, Mayawati, Maneka and Azam

EC curbs campaigning by Yogi, Mayawati, Maneka and Azam

In doing so, the Election Commission invoked Sections 123 and 125 of the Representation of People's Act, 1951 which penalise the promotion of communal and caste differences for electoral gains.

Both orders were passed by the Election Commission today citing a violation of Paras 3 and 4 of Part I of the Model Code of Conduct.

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.

In reply to the SC's notice seeking the EC's response on a PIL by Harpreet Mansukhani seeking strict action against those who use caste, religion and hate speech during campaigning, the poll panel through counsel Amit Sharma told SC, "Power of EC in cases of violation of the model code of conduct by making hate speeches on grounds of religion & caste is circumscribed to issuing notice and upon consideration of the reply to issue advisories".

Mayawati was issued the notice for her speech in Deoband in which she appealed to Muslims to not vote for the Congress. The supreme court has also agreed to examine the poll panel's contention that it has limited legal power to deal with hate speeches made by politicians during election campaigns.

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A report in the Hindustan Times, quoted the EC panel, "The Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances (electronic, print, social media) etc in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 6 am on 16 April 2019", the panel said.

She said she did not get a proper hearing before the EC ban nor was she provided a CD of the statement as requested.

Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav were scheduled to address a joint rally in Agra tomorrow.

"This will be remembered as a Black Day in the history of the EC", she said at a press conference.

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