SP seeks ban on Adityanath from campaigning for bypolls

Party claims that the BJP MP is deliberately making provocative statements to polarise voters along communal lines

Lucknow : The Samajwadi Party has demanded that the Election Commission impose a ban on BJP MP Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for the by elections to 11 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said that Adityanath was continuously making provocative statements to polarise voters along communal lines. He said the party had already written a letter to the commission to take action against Adityanath trying to incite communal passion by raising the issue of love jihad.

He said that Adityanath had now become more vocal and he should be banned from campaigning. He said the party will wait for the EC response and if no action was taken the issue will be discussed after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav returns from a visit to the Netherlands.

Campaigning for the byelection will come to an end on September 11.

He also reacted to the daylong dharna in Lucknow by BJP MPs from Uttar Pradesh against the prevailing power crisis and law and order situation, terming it as a “farce.” The BJP MPs were not talking to the Centre on the issue of power crisis, he alleged.

Polling for these by elections is scheduled for September 13.

The party has already written a letter to the election commission to take action against Adityanath trying to incite communal passion by raising the issue of love jihad again and now it demands that he should be banned from campaigning.

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