Taking objections over the Mandir visits, the BSP supremo has demanded the Election Commission to ban the temple runs naming Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and BJP's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.
Early Tuesday morning holding a press brief, Mayawati called temple runs a new 'poll fashion' furthermore demanded a ban in an explicit target to BJP.
She said, "Now, going to temples and conducting pujas have become a new election fashion, for which great amount of money is being spent. That should be included in the campaign budget, apart from that the roadshows conducted should be included in the party budget, this is our party's demand from the Election Commission."
"In case a campaigning ban has been imposed on a candidate and they go perform pujas in temples, which gets massive media coverage, then that should be stopped," she added.
A day after the Election Commission (EC) barred her from campaigning for three days on May 3, the Pragya Singh Thakur visited temples in the city.
However, she did not make any statement or speech.
Thakur probably took a cue from BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who went `temple- hopping' after the EC barred him for electioneering for 72 hours for his provocative and communal remarks last month.
Thakur started her day by visiting temple of a goddess known as `Curfew Wali Mata' at Bhawani chowk and offered prayers, BJP spokesperson Dr Hitesh Bajpai said.
Then she went to Gufa Mandir at Lalgathi and sought the blessings of its Mahant (pontiff) Chandramadas Ji and performed a puja.
Prior to that back on April 16, Yogi Adityanath visited the Hanuman Setu temple here and offered prayers, a day after a nationwide campaigning ban was imposed on the Uttar Pradesh CM for his 'provocative' communal remark.