Maya terms EC’s`48-hour ban on her campaigning `murder of democracy

The BSP supremo Mayawati took severe objection to Election Commission’s decision to ban her campaigning for 48 hours and terms the action as a `murder of democracy’.  She also alleged that the Election Commission seems to have taken a hasty decision under `pressure’.

Alleging that the poll boy of having a bias towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, she accused that the EC had given a free hand to both the leaders  for spreading hatred. She added that it seemed the EC has shut its ears and eyes when it comes to them.

However, irrespective of EC’s ban on her campaigning, the BSP chief ask people don’t get divided, vote en masse for Gathbandhan. “We have BSP vote in every seat, SP is also mobilised. If Muslims want BJP to lose, they have to stand firmly behind Gathbandhan,” she added.

With regard to her comments, for which the EC had taken extreme step, she clarified that her comment wasn’t against any religion and it was also did not vitiate the atmosphere. . “I had made it clear in my explanation that I hadn’t sought votes on basis of caste/creed. I had only urged Muslims to ensure that their vote isn’t divided. The Election Commission overlooked all this,” she added.

With the ban extending for a period of 48 hours, Mayawati would not be able to address a rally in Agra on Tuesday. Elections in eight of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh will be held on April 18. She expressed suspicion that the EC’s decision a well-planned one. Stating that the decision could have been implemented a day later too, she alleged that the motive seems that I can’t appeal to people of this region.

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