EC acts tough, bans campaigns by Azam Khan, Adityanath, Maneka and Mayawati for MCC violation

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New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday showed that it would come down heavily against anyone found guilty of violating the guidelines of the Moral Code of Conduct (MCC). At a time when some parties have charged the EC for being biased, it targeted leaders cutting across party lines and banned several from campaigning for a period ranging between 48 and 72 hours.

In the evening, the EC announced that BJP’s star campaigner and UP CM Yogi Adityanath is banned from campaigning for 72 hours starting 0600 hrs on Tuesday. BSP supremo and former UP CM Mayawati was also banned from campaigning starting at the same time but for 48 hours. Both political leaders – arch-rivals this Lok Sabha election 2019 season – were penalised for making statements on religious lines and for violating MCC. While Mayawati hit back by claiming that the EC was unfair and unjust, Adityanath had not reacted till the time of filing this report.

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