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In a First, Four Top Leaders to Stay Out of Crucial Phase II Campaigning as EC Ban Comes into Effect Toda…

New Delhi: In a first, the Election Commission has imposed a nationwide campaign ban on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and SP leader Azam Khan for 72 hours and on Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for 48 hours from Tuesday for their “provocative” communal remarks, which it said had the “propensity to polarise the elections”. On April 5, he was asked to be ‘careful’ in the future. Adityanath was served the notice for the “Ali” and “Bajrang Bali” remarks he made while addressing a rally in Meerut. A poll rally of the BSP chief, which was scheduled in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, was cancelled following the Election Commission order. During the Lok Sabha polls of 2014, Khan had faced a ban for campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for his religious remarks.

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