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Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019

Lok Sabha elections 2019: 48-hour poll ban over, Mayawati goes after Adityanath, EC with guns blazing

Her attack was primarily focused on Uttar Pradesg chief minister Yogi Adityanath who still has one more day to go for his 72-hour poll campaign ban to end.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 19, 2019 09:09 IST
Lok Sabha elections 2019: 48-hr poll ban over, Mayawati goes after Adityanath, EC with guns blazing
Lok Sabha elections 2019: 48-hr poll ban over, Mayawati goes after Adityanath, EC with guns blazing (PTI)
         

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati emerged on Thursday morning from her 48-hour gag order with all guns blazing, targeting the BJP and the election commission. The attack coincided with voting for second phase polls in eight Lok Sabha constituencies of a polarised region of western UP.

Her attack was primarily focused on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath who still has one more day to go for his 72-hour poll campaign ban to end.

The two prominent Uttar Pradesh leaders had been put on mute by the Election Commission on Monday on charges that they had crossed the line during the election campaign.

But Mayawati complained that Yogi Adityanath had walked around the ban but yet, the poll panel had been soft on him.

Yogi Adityanath has been on a temple run during this period that also included a meeting with triple talaq victim, lunch at a Dalit house in Ayodhya and visits to a school for visually impaired girl students.

“Despite the ban, chief minister Yogi is visiting various cities and temples and indulging in antics by having lunch at a Dalit person’s house. Yet, the Election Commission is kind on him,” Mayawati tweeted.

“If such biased approach continued, then conduct of free and fair polls would be practically impossible. Who will answer the restlessness of the people on these issues? The BJP leadership continues to be as headstrong as it was before,” she said.

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Defending Adityanath, his advisor Mrityunjay Kumar hit back at Mayawati asking how can visiting temples and accepting someone’s invitation be called a poll code violation.

“Mayawatiji reads written speeches so she must also read a copy of the order of the election commission,” Kumar said.

However, Mayawati continued to target the BJP saying it appeared to be as nervous during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as the Congress was during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. “Reason for this is their narrow approach towards backwards, Dalits, Muslims, farmers and labourers,” she said.

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Appealing to people to vote in large numbers in the elections she continued to target the EC.

“The Supreme Court’s observation that the poll watch dog isn’t as helpless as it appeared to be is important. However, it still remains to be seen that the EC is actually acting impartially and isn’t bent towards the centre,” she added.

Mayawati also had a word of advice for the opposition leaders. “Despite provocations, the opposition must take care to exercise caution else that provides the BJP a handle to divert attention and mislead the masses,” she said.

She expressed satisfaction at the fact that the BJP candidate in Bulandshahr (reserved) seat was put under house arrest for trying to influence voters. However, she wondered why no action was initiated against the Bulandshahr district magistrate.

 

ConstituencySitting MP
Assam
KarimganjRadheshyam Biswas, AIUDF
SilcharSushmita Dev, Congress
Autonomous DistrictBiren Singh Engti, Congress
MangaldoiRamen Deka, BJP
NawgongRajen Gohain, BJP
Bihar
KishanganjMohammad Asrarul Haque, Congress
KatiharShah Tariq Anwar, NCP
PurniaSantosh Kumar, JD(U)
BhagalpurShailesh Kumar (Bulo Mandal), RJD
BankaJai Prakash Narayan Yadav, RJD
Chhattisgarh
RajnandgaonAbhishek Singh, BJP
MahasamundChandulal Sahu, BJP
KankerVikram Dev Usendi, BJP
Jammu and Kashmir
SrinagarFarooq Abdullah, National Conference
UdhampurDr. Jitendra Singh, BJPs
Karnataka
Udupi ChikmagalurShobha Karandlaje, BJP
HassanH.D. Deve Gowda, JD(S)
Dakshina KannadaNalin Kumar Kateel, BJP
ChitradurgaB.N.Chandrappa, Congress
TumkurS. P. Muddahanumegowda, Congress
MandyaCS Puttaraju, JD(S)
MysorePrathap Simha, BJP
ChamrajanagarR Dhruvanarayana, Congress
Bangalore RuralDK Suresh, Congress
Bangalore NorthDV Sadananda Gowda, BJP
Bangalore CentralPC Mohan, BJP
Bangalore SouthVacant after Ananth Kumar’s death in 2018
ChikkaballapurVeerappa Moily, Congress
KolarKH Muniyappa, Congress
Maharashtra
BuldhanaJadhav Prataprao Ganpatrao, Shiv Sena
AkolaDhotre Sanjay Shamrao, BJP
AmravatiAdsul Anandrao Vithoba, Shiv Sena
HingoliRajeev Shankarrao Satav, Congress
NandedAshok Shankarrao Chavan, Congress
ParbhaniJadhav Sanjay (Bandu) Haribhau, Shiv Sena
BeedPritam Gopinathrao Munde, BJP
OsmanabadGaikwad Ravindra Vishwanath, Shiv Sena
LaturDr. Sunil Baliram Gaikwad, BJP
SolapurSharad Bansode, BJP
Manipur
Inner ManipurThokchom Meinya, Congress
Odisha
BargarhPrabas Kumar Singh, BJD
SundargarhJual Oram, BJP
BolangirKalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, BJD
KandhamalPratyusha Rajeshwari Singh, BJD
AskaLadu Kishore Swain, BJD
ConstituencySitting MP
Tamil Nadu
TiruvallurDr. P. Venugopal, AIADMK
Chennai NorthTG Venkatesh Babu, AIADMK
Chennai SouthJ Jayavardhan, AIADMK
Chennai CentralSR Vijayakumar, AIADMK
SriperumbudurKN Ramachandran, AIADMK
KancheepuramK Maragatham, AIADMK
ArakkonamG Hari, AIADMK
VelloreB. Senguttuvan., AIADMK
KrishnagiriK Ashok Kumar, AIADMK
DharmapuriAnbumani Ramadoss, PMK
TiruvannamalaiVanaroja R, AIADMK
AraniV Elumalai, AIADMK
VillupuramRajendran S., AIADMK
KallakurichiK. Kamaraj, AIADMK
SalemV Pannerselvam, AIADMK
NamakkalPR Sundaram, AIADMK
ErodeS Selvakumara Chinnayan, AIADMK
TiruppurV.Sathyabama, AIADMK
NilgirisC Gopalakrishnan, AIADMK
CoimbatoreP Nagarajan, AIADMK
PollachiC Mahendran, AIADMK
DindigulM Udhayakumar, AIADMK
KarurM Thambidurai, AIADMK
TiruchirappalliKumar.P, AIADMK
PerambalurRP Marutharajaa, AIADMK
CuddaloreA Arunmozhithevan, AIADMK
ChidambaramM Chandrakasi, AIADMK
MayiladuthuraiRK Bharathi Mohan, AIADMK
NagapattinamDr K Gopal, AIADMK
ThanjavurK Parasuraman, AIADMK
SivagangaPR Senthilnathan, AIADMK
MaduraiR Gopalakrishnan, AIADMK
TheniR Parthipan, AIADMK
VirudhunagarRadhakrishnan T., AIADMK
RamanathapuramAnwhar Raajhaa, AIADMK
ThoothukkudiJeyasingh Thiyagaraj Natterjee.J, AIADMK
TenkasiM Vasanthi, AIADMK
TirunelvelliPrabakaran.K.R.P, AIADMK
KanniyakumariPon Radhakrishnan, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
NaginaYashwant Singh, BJP
AmrohaKanwar Singh Tanwar, BJP
BulandshahrBhola Singh, BJP
AligarhSatish Kumar Gautam, BJP
HathrasRanjan Kumar Diwakar, BJP
MathuraHema Malini, BJP
AgraRam Shankar Katheria, BJP
Fatehpur SikriChaudhary Babulal, BJP
West Bengal
JalpaiguriBijoy Chandra Barman, Trinamool
DarjeelingSS Ahluwalia, BJP
RaiganjMd Salim, CPI(M)
Puducherry
PuducherryR Radhakrishnan, AINRC