Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati censured, barred from campaigning for 72, 48 hours respectively

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India's Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India's Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi

At Turab Khani village, Ms. Gandhi had allegedly told Muslims that they should vote for her as they would need her help in the future.

The commission on Monday also banned Azam Khan, a leader from the Samajwadi Party (SP), an ally of the BSP, and minister Maneka Gandhi from campaigning for violating the code of conduct.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also summoned an EC representative for Tuesday while agreeing to examine the poll panel's contention that it has limited legal powers to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering.

Mayawati was issued the notice for her speech in Deoband appealing to Muslims to not vote for a particular party.

Both the leaders were served to both the leaders on Thursday night and asked to reply within 24 hours. "You must act when these statements are issued", said the SC. "But, I could recognize it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear".

Jaitley, who heads the BJP's publicity department in the election, said the number of people who live in poverty would drop to below 15 per cent in the next three years and to a negligible level in the 10 years after that.

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A report in the Hindustan Times, quoted the EC panel, "The Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances (electronic, print, social media) etc in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 6 am on 16 April 2019", the panel said.

She said she did not get a proper hearing before the EC ban nor was she provided a CD of the statement as requested.

The Election Commission had on April 11 issued notices to both Mayawati and Adityanath for violating the model code of conduct.

More than 21 per cent of India's 1.3 billion people lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2011, when the last census was taken, according to the World Bank.

The EC has written to chief electoral officers of all states informing them about their decision on Adityanath and Mayawati to ensure that its orders are not violated.

Soon after the EC banned Ms. Mayawati, her ally SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asked the Commission if it had the "integrity" to "stop the PM" from asking for votes in the name of the Army.

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