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UP CEO seeks report on Yogi Adityanath’s ‘Babur ki aulad’ barb

Yogi Adityanath had referred to Samajwadi Party candidate Shafiqur Rahman Barq as ‘Babur ki Aulad’ (descendant of Mughal empire’s founder Babur) during a public meeting in Sambhal on Friday.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 21, 2019 22:39 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was banned from campaigning for 72 hours by the Election Commission  last week.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was banned from campaigning for 72 hours by the Election Commission last week. (HT PHOTO)
         

The chief electoral officer (CEO) of Uttar Pradesh has sought a report from the Sambhal district magistrate over alleged violation of the model code of conduct by chief minister Yogi Adityanath who referred to Samajwadi Party candidate Shafiqur Rahman Barq as ‘Babur ki Aulad’ (descendant of Mughal empire’s founder Babur) during a public meeting in Sambhal on Friday.

Additional chief electoral officer BR Tiwari said at a press conference on Sunday the Sambhal district magistrate has been directed to submit a report on the chief minister’s speech. The report will be sent to the Election Commission for action, he said.

Adityanath made the remark on the day after the 72-hour ban imposed on him by the Election Commission over the ‘Ali vs Bajrang Bali’ remark ended.

The CEO has also sent the Badaun district magistrate’s report on violation of the model code of conduct by BJP candidate Sanghmitra Maurya to the Election Commission after her video clip encouraging people to indulge in bogus voting was widely circulated on social media.

At Friday’s rally in Sambhal, Adityanath said not only was Barq hesitant in saying ‘Vande Mataram’ but also refused to garland the statue of Bhimrao Ambedkar. The Samajwadi Party has lodged a complaint with the district magistrate about Yogi’s statement.

Tiwari also said the Badaun district magistrate had issued a notice to BJP candidate Sanghmitra Maurya after her video clip asking people to indulge in bogus voting went viral. Maurya has submitted her reply. The report of DM as well as the reply of BJP candidate had been sent to Election Commission for action, he said.

The additional CEO said the notification for the seventh phase of polling on 13 Lok Sabha seats will be issued on Monday. The last date for the filing of the nomination paper is April 29. The final list of candidates contesting on the 13 seats will be released on May 2. Polling will be held on May 19.

Replying to a question, he said the social media cell constituted in the CEO office received 400 complaints about violation of the model code of conduct since the announcement of the Lok Sabha election on March 10. Some of the cases had been referred to the forensic cell for investigation. The cases had been also referred to the cyber crime cell of the state police for action, he said.

The social media cell was monitoring Twitter, Facebook as well as other social sites, he said. Along with fake messages, people had also loaded fake videos of Indian Air Force officer Abhinandan Varthaman as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A Twitter handle had issued fatwa to the members of the Muslim community as well, he said.

First Published: Apr 21, 2019 22:39 IST

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