BSP supremo Mayawati Thursday accused BJP leader and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of blatantly violating the 72-hour EC ban on canvassing by visiting temples and having food outside a Dalit's home and broadcasting it on media. She alleged the poll body was turning a blind eye to the violations.
The former chief minister claimed that the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were "nervous and jittery" about their poll prospects.
In a tweet, Mayawati said, "By blatantly violating the ban imposed by the Election Commission, UP Chief Minister Yogi (Adityanath) is visiting temples in various cities and doing a drama of having food outside the house of a Dalit. He is deriving electoral mileage by broadcasting them on media, but the Election Commission is lenient (meharbaan) on him. Why?"
The EC on Monday imposed a 72-hour campaigning ban on Adityanath for making communal remarks at an election meeting in Meerut. The ban came into force from Tuesday morning.
Mayawati said, "If the Election Commission continues its leniency (meharbaani) and turns a blind eye, then it will be impossible to have this elections free and fair...The BJP leadership is hell bent on forcing itself (manmaani), as it had been doing till now."
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The BSP chief also flayed the BJP leadership.
"Today, voting is being held for the second phase of elections, and the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are nervous and jittery like the Congress was feeling in the last Lok Sabha elections. The real reason for this is the mindset, which is against the poor, labourers, farmers, Dalits, backwards and Muslims," she said.
(With agency inputs)