India bans BJP’s chief minister from campaign after anti-Muslim comment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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At a BJP rally on 9 April, Adityanath had said that "if Ali is with the BSP-SP-RLD alliance, then Bajrangbali is with the BJP". In its order, the Commission has said it is convinced that both leaders had "made a highly provocative speech which has the tone and tenor to aggravate existing differences and create mutual hatred between different religious communities and (is) thus violative of... provisions of Model Code of Conduct".

The Election Commission has also censured Adityanath for having appealed for votes in the name of "Bajrang Bali".

"Terror supported from across the border can't be fought either with velvet gloves or a policy of appeasement", he said, adding the two regional parties (PDP and NC) have played a disappointing role, and the current leadership of the opposition parties have hardly a roadmap except to tread on the path to disaster.

"The Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution and other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media) in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 6 a.m. on April 16 (Tuesday)", the Election Commission order on Adityanath said.

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The "false information" pertains to the details and facts about the property allotted to the PM in 2002 when he was sworn in as the chief minister of Gujarat.

The poll panel also asked Adityanath to explain his remark calling the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) a "virus" and saying the Congress was infected with this "green virus".

The EC said she had also violated Section 123 (corrupt practices) of the Representation of the People Act, reprimanding her for the conduct. For the better future of the state, they need to be voted out, he told a public rally here. The top court has said it will examine the election body's scope of powers in dealing with such complaints. "But, I could recognize it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear".

During the 2014 general elections, Prime Minister Modi contested and won from Vadodara in Gujarat as well as from Varanasi but retained the later after trouncing Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal with a massive margin of 3.37 lakh votes.

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

The authority had issued show cause notices to Adityanath and Mayawati for their controversial comments on Thursday.

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