EC bans UP CM, BSP chief for hate speech after Apex Court intervenes
After the Apex Court pulled up the Election Commission of India for not taking adequate action against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati for their involvement in hate speeches, the duo has been banned from election campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours, respectively. The ban will start from 6 am Tuesday.
This was when a bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, was hearing a petition filed by an NRI in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) seeking action against political parties for hate speeches by their representatives.
In reply to this, the Election Commission told the court that it was toothless and that its powers against the candidates were limited. It could only issue notice, give advisory or file a complaint for violation of Model Code of Conduct.
Further roughing up the commission, the bench said, “You must act when these statements are issued. You have done nothing about such statements."
The EC has been criticised for its weak-kneed responses to poll code violations this election season, particularly after it let off Adityanath with a warning after he was found guilty for his statement in which he described the Indian Army as ‘Modi ki sena’. “Be careful in your utterances in the future,” the EC had said. The bench will hear the case on Tuesday.