New Delhi, Apr 15: Welcoming the Election Commission's decision of censuring Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and barring him from poll campaigning for a limited period, the Congress on Monday said such directives by the EC should be followed in the times to come.
The party said the EC action would help to stop spread of hate in society.
Addressing a press conference here, AICC spokesperson Abhishek manu Singhvi said,'I am proud of my country's Constitution, I am proud of its laws. The directive launched by the Election Commission today, should be followed like this forever in the times to come.'
'The Congress lauds the action by the EC and expresses the hope that it would put a stop to 'hate speeches' in the country,'he said.
Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday censured Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati for violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and barred them from poll campaigning for a limited period.
While observing that both the leaders violated MCC by using communal remarks, the ECI barred them from holding public meetings, processions, road shows and giving media interviews and public utterances in media including social media, for 72 hours for Mr Adityanath and 48 hours for Mayawati starting 0600 hours on April 16.
"The Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution, bars him (Mr Adityanath) from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows, and interview, public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media etc) in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 0600 hours on April 16," the poll body said in its order.
He expressed the hope that such directives by the EC should be followed in the times to come.
In this context, he said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had at a rally in Nanded made 'communal loaded comments' on Congress president Rahul Gandhi choosing Kerala's Wayanad for fighting Lok Sabha polls and said Mr Gandhi has picked the safest possible seat to contest the elections as the majority is in minority in Wayanad.
Mr Singhvi quoting Mr Modi said, '...seat bhi aisi jahan par desh ki majority minority mein hai.'
Mr Singhvi said BJP president Amit Shah made equally objectionable comments on Mr Gandhi over his decision to contest from Wayanad seat stating that the Congress President is contesting from such a seat where when a procession is taken out, “one cannot make out whether the place is India or Pakistan.”
“And this Rahul baba, for his alliance, is contesting from such a seat where when a procession is taken out, it is difficult to make out whether it is India or Pakistan. He is contesting from such a seat,”Mr Singhvi quoted Mr Shah as having said while addressing a rally in Nagpur earlier in the month.
On the Supreme Court's decision of issuing notice to Mr Gandhi on a contempt petition filed against him by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Meenakshi Lekhi, for his alleged comment on the Rafale controversy, denigrating the Prime Minister, the Congress spokesperson said, 'We'll explain it to the Apex court.'
The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, sought a detailed reply from Mr Gandhi on his alleged comments.
Directing Mr Gandhi to explain his statement 'Chowkidar chor hai' attributed to the Supreme Court, the CJI-led bench made it clear that it had no occasion to make such kind of observation, it had only decided on the legal question of admissibility of documents. (UNI)