Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was today served a notice by the Election Commission for alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct during an election rally in Delhi last week. Yogi Adityanath was issued the notice for his remarks about Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal being “busy sponsoring and offering biryani in Shaheen Bagh”. In his speech, delivered at Delhi’s Badarpur constituency, Yogi Adityanath accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress of the BJP’s rivals in this election of supporting “divisive forces”.
In its letter, the poll body told the UP Chief Minister that “prima facie you have violated the provision of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) therefore the Commission gives you an opportunity to explain your position on or before 5 pm on February 7, 2020”. However, given campaigning ended this evening, it is unclear what punishment the Chief Minister will receive should he be found to be in violation of the MCC.
Earlier today Union Minister Giriraj Singh claimed Shaheen Bagh had become a breeding ground for suicide bombers conspiring against the country from the capital. The Shaheen Bagh site, where over 200 women have braved the Delhi winter to agitate against the controversial citizenship law, has emerged as the epicenter of anti-CAA protests, and also the main target of the BJP as the party tries to make it the focus of Delhi polls.