Lucknow, The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Tuesday termed the 48-hours gag order of the Election Commission as ‘illegal and unconstitutional’ order of the poll panel.
Accusing the Election Commission of working under the pressure of the ruling BJP, the BSP said the members of the Bahujan Samaj would take the voice of the party president Mayawati to every household of the state.
‘Election Commission has succeeded in preventing Mayawati from campaigning for 48-hours but it using a different yardstick for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath who are daily stoking the fire of communal hatred during the election campaign. EC is turning a blind eye to violations of Model Code of Conduct by the top BJP leaders’ BSP general secretary Satish Mishra alleged while addressing the rally of the BSP-SP-RLD alliance at Agra.
‘EC is not only working under the pressure of Bhartiya Janata Party and also nurses anti dalit mindset, the poll, panel can do anything. Prime minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath are violating the Model Code of Conduct with impunity’, Mr Mishra alleged.
‘EC lacks the guts to issue notice to the prime minister’, the BSP leader further alleged.
Defending the party chief, Satish Mishra further said, ‘ during the rally at Deoband on April 7, Mayawati was compelled to make an appeal to the people as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was creating communal divide by referring to ‘Ali and Bajrang Bali’ ‘.
‘ Mr Yogi tried to divide people on the lines of ‘Ali and Bajrangbali’. I did not start it. Mr Modi has been warned against using the defence services in his speech but he continues to do it. EC does not have the courage to issue a notice to him,’ he claimed.
‘ Mayawati never made an appeal on the basis of religion or to any particular community. She appealed to the Sarvasamaj cautioning them to prevent the division of their votes on the grounds of religion. BSP believes in both ‘Ali and Bajrang Bali’ and both are dear to us and none is a stranger’, Mr Mishra stated.
‘ The notice was issued on April 8 and party president was asked to file reply within 24 hours, we were not given the copy of the CD not given the opportunity of hearing in the matter’, Mr Mishra informed.He remarked that BJP was worried by the large crowds at her rallies and had used EC to muzzle her.
‘ The Election commission had imposed the gag order at the behest of the BJP as the ruling party had taken shelter under the poll panel’’, the BSP leader added.
Election Commission on Monday barred Mayawati 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 48-hours ending on late evening on Wednesday.