Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Dalit icon Mayawati both are barred from campaigning by Election Commission due to polarizing statements they made. The EC is reportedly acting in response to SC questioning on how it is curbing violation of codes during election.
Election Commission bans UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati from election campaigning for 72 hours & 48 hours respectively, starting from 6 am tomorrow, for violating Model Code of Conduct by making objectionable statements in their speeches. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/j1cYzMY8Mr
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 15, 2019
Yogi Adityanath had made a statement saying Congress is infected by a “green virus”, a reference to muslims. “If you have faith in Ali, we have faith in Bajrangbali” he says at a public rally. Yogi is seen as a communal and a firebrand leader by many. While BSP chief Mayawati specifically asked Muslim community to not split their votes towards BJP or Congress and make mahagatbandhan or grand-alliance victorious. BSP is in alliance with Samajwadi Party (SP) in crucial Uttar Pradesh state.
Azam Khan controversy
In a reportedly inappropri ate and misogynistic statement Samajwadi Party leader Azam khan made against BJP candidate and former actress Jaya Prada, referring to her ‘underwear’ is being criticized widely.
In a video he can be heard saying, “Jisko hum ungli pakadkar Rampur laaye, aapne 10 saal jinse apna pratinidhitva karaya…Uski asliyat samajhne mein aapko 17 baras lage,main 17 din mein pehchan gaya ki inke niche ka underwear khaki rang ka hai”.
National Commission for Women (NCW) termed the statement as “extremely derogatory and disrespectful to the dignity of women” in a tweet, demanding immediate action against the candidate.
In lieu of Mr. Azam Khan's recent comments that were blatantly sexist in nature, which are in violation of the Model Code of Conduct and provisions of the IPC, @NCWIndia has urged the Election Commission to take strict and appropriate action. pic.twitter.com/fObJK4tFrR
— NCW (@NCWIndia) April 15, 2019
Top brass BJP leaders weighed in to controversy terming opposition mindset as “cheap” and silence of SP’s allies as ”surprising”.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Azam Khan's remark: This shows the thinking & culture of Samajwadi Party. The silence of SP chief & his ally Mayawati, who is also a woman, is surprising. This is very unfortunate…Azam Khan's statement is extremely disrespectful, shows his cheap mindset pic.twitter.com/corLRj8XfP
— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2019
2019 Lok Sabha Election Results: BJP emerges victorious
2019 Lok Sabha Election Results: A decade ago, Congress and its allies, UPA, swept away to power by winning 262 Lok Sabha seats with around 37.22% votes. On the other hand, NDA could win only 159 seats and got only 24.63% votes. Coming to the 17th Lok Sabha elections or the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the picture is completely different. While the Modi led BJP, Government has won more than 303 seats, Rahul Gandhi’s UPA is struggling to reach the 100 mark.
While the one thing that remained constant between the 16th and the 17th Lok Sabha Elections is the Modi wave. The craze for our honorable Prime Minister is such that people might not even know the name of BJP candidate in their constituency standing in the elections, yet they voted for BJP, knowing that if they vote for the symbol Lotus, Modi will come to power (lotus is BJP’s party symbol). Schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Skill India, Make in India initiative etc. helped NDA in hitting the bulls eye. Here is a break up of the that each party has captured in the 17
Aam Aadmi Party
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen
|All India Trinamool Congress||22||0|
All India United Democratic Front
|Bahujan Samaj Party||10||0|
Bharatiya Janata Party
|Biju Janata Dal||11||1|
Communist Party of India
|Communist Party of India (Marxist)||3||0|
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
|Indian National Congress||52||0|
Indian Union Muslim League
|Jammu & Kashmir National Conference||3||0|
Janata Dal (Secular)
|Janata Dal (United)||16||0|
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
Kerala Congress (M)
|Lok Jan Shakti Party||6||0|
Mizo National Front
|Naga Peoples Front||1||0|
National People’s Party
|Nationalist Congress Party||5||0|
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party
|Revolutionary Socialist Party||1||0|
|Shiromani Akali Dal||2||0|
|Sikkim Krantikari Morcha||1||0|
Telangana Rashtra Samithi
Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party
The fact that BJP has swept away 300+ seats alone is itself a proof of the work done by the Government in the past 5 years and the tremendous effort put in by the party to tide over anti-incumbency factor. Being a citizen of this country we can only hope that the person who leads us works for our nation’s welfare and improve the present situation of our country.
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