The Election Commission has issued yet another notice to Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath for his "Babar ki Aulad" comment and asked him to reply in 24 hours.
The BJP leader soon after a 72-hour EC ban on him had made a controversial statement. On April 19, while speaking in Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh said "Do you wish to hand over the reins of the country to a person who calls himself Babur's descendant? Do you wish to hand over the reins to opposers of Bajrang Bali?", he asked, making another communal reference.
The poll body in its notice has said that it is was of prima facie opinion that CM Adityanath had violated the Model Code of Conduct. The poll body further added that it has given him 24 hours to explain, and if he failed to do so, it will take action against him.
The Election Commission had earlier issued a show cause notice to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister for his "Ali" and "Bajrang Bali" remarks while addressing a rally in Meerut.
Finding him prima facie guilty of violating the model code of conduct, the commission asked him to respond by Friday evening.
Adityanath had compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between 'Ali', a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman.
"Agar Congress, SP, BSP ko 'Ali' par vishwaas hai toh humein bhi 'Bajrang Bali' par vishwaas hai (If the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have faith in Ali, we have faith in Hanuman)," the UP CM had said.
His statement came while referring to BSP chief Mayawati's speech at a rally in Deoband, where she urged Muslims to back the alliance.