Election Commission issues notice to Yogi Adityanath

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 10 2014, 14:30pm hrs
The Election Commission of India on Tuesday issued a notice to BJP MP Yogi Adityanath for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech and invoking religion to garner votes during an election campaign meeting in Noida Assembly constituency. Finding prima facie violation of the model code of conduct, the EC has asked him to explain why action should not be taken against him.

Adityanath has to reply to ECs notice latest by 6 pm on September 10.

The ECs notice follows a report, accompanied with a CD and some press clippings, that was sent to it by District Election Officer of Gautam Buddh Nagar on September 8 regarding an alleged inflammatory speech delivered by Adityanath in Noida on September 7.

Ram Bharat ki astha hai. Bhartiya rashtriyta ka prateek hain. Aap sabse kehna chahoonga ki Ram ki parampara mein jo log vishwas karte hain, Ram rajya ki sthapana chahte hain UP mein bhi, aap se anurodh hai ki 13 tareekh ko padne wala ek-ek vote Bhajpa ke paksh mein jaana chahiye (Indias belief lays in Lord Ram. He is a symbol of Indias nationality. Whosoever believes in Lord Ram and wants to establish Ram rajya in UP, I urge them that on September 13, every vote should be cast in favour of the BJP), Adityanath is accused of having said in his speech.

Adityanath also allegedly said that while loudspeaker from a temple were removed in Moradabad, it were allowed in mosques. He also reportedly said those who trouble Hindus with riots will have to pay dearly.

Quoting rules, the EC has told Adityanath that making appeal to vote on ground of religion for furtherance of prospects of elections of a candidate is a corrupt practice.

Polling in all 11 Assembly seats including Noida and one Lok Sabha seat of Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh is on September 13. Adityanath is BJPs star campaigner in UP Assembly bypolls.