Election Commission has taken this decision to promote fairness in the election procedure.
The Election Commission of India has ensured to promote fair and just measures during the period of the most awaited Lok Sabha elections in India. EC also stated that it will take strict action against people violating the code of conduct which is to be followed by all political parties. It has also gone on to ban the release of the biopic 'PM Narendra Modi' and NaMo TV as they violated the code of conduct and did not respond with their verification documents on time.
Recently, the commission also sent show cause notices to three senior leaders for their speeches.
On the same day, EC also issued a show cause notice to former CM of UP and BSP Chief Mayawati for a speech she gave in Deoband. In her speech, she urged the Muslim community to not divide votes by choosing Congress.
"In western UP, where people of all communities live...in Saharanpur, Bareilly, where there is a huge Muslim population...I want to tell the Muslim community...don't divide your votes...give it to the BSP, SP and RLD alliance," she stated.
2. Yogi Adityanath
EC on 11th April gave a show cause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his “Ali” and “Bajrang Bali” remarks which he made while addressing a rally in Meerut. Finding him violating the model code of conduct, the commission asked him to respond at the earliest.
"If the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have faith in Ali, we have faith in Hanuman,” Yogi had said. His statement came as a reply to BSP chief Mayawati's speech.
3. Maneka Gandhi
On 13th April, EC sent a show cause notice to Union minister Maneka Gandhi for her controversial remarks. She was caught on camera demanding a gathering of Muslims to vote for her or else she may not be inclined to be responsive to their requests.
“I am winning. I am winning because of the help and love of the people. But if my victory is without the Muslims, I will not feel very good. Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think let it be, how does it matter. It's all give and take, isn't it? We aren't all sons of Mahatma Gandhi, are we?" she said.
Many political leaders had made controversial remarks in the past. EC left off Yogi Aditynath last time for his statement 'Modiji Ki Sena' and asked him to be careful in the future. But this time, EC is taking things seriously to promote fairness in the election procedure.
The country has already finished its first phase of Lok Sabha elections and is all set to face the next one in a few days. The final counting of votes will be done on 23rd May 2019.