New Delhi: After passing derogatory comment on Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Jaya Prada, the Election Commission takes strict action against Samajwadi Party candidate Azam Khan and banned him from campaigning for 72 hours over violating model code of conduct.
Election Commission also banned Maneka Gandhi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati from campaigning for 48 hours, 72 hours and 48 hours respectively because of their questionable statements during their rallies that somehow violate the model code of conduct.
Maneka Gandhi, the BJP candidate from Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, had asked a gathering of Muslims to vote for her, saying otherwise else she might not be inclined to be responsive to their requests.
In a clip of her speech, the lawmaker from Pilibhit can be heard saying: “If my victory is without Muslims, I won’t feel that good… Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think, ‘Let it be, how does it matter’? It’s all give and take, isn’t it? We aren’t all sons of Mahatma Gandhi, are we? (laughs). It’s not that we keep on giving and then losing in the election. This victory will happen with or without you”.
Elections in Rampur will be held on April 23 and the campaigning has to end by the evening of April 20. It would leave him only two days to campaign.
Elections for Sultanpur, from where Maneka Gandhi is contesting, will be held on May 12.