On the day when eight seats of western UP are going to polls, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday said it was impossible to hold free and fair Lok Sabha elections if Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath kept visiting temples and houses of Dalits despite curbs on him by the Election Commission.
“Yogi is openly flaunting the ban on him by the Election Commission by visiting temples in different cities and having food in the homes of the Dalits by getting media coverage and publicity. But the Election Commission is kind to him. Why?” she tweeted in Hindi.
“If this kind of bias will continue towards the BJP leaders by the Election Commission, then it is impossible that the elections will be free and fair,” she added.
The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s remarks came a day after Adityanath visited the Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya and a Hanuman temple in Lucknow on Tuesday following a 72-hour ban on poll campaigning by the Election Commission.
He is also scheduled to visit a temple later on Thursday in Varanasi.
Mayawati was also barred from campaigning for 48 hours for giving a speech urging Muslim voters to not split their votes.
Eight seats of western UP are going to polls today. These are Bulandshahr, Nageena, Sambhal, Aligarh, Hatras, Mathura, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.
These eight seats will mostly see a direct fight between the BJP and alliance candidates, with the exception of Fatehpur Sikri where Congress state president Raj Babbar is the party candidate. While the BJP had won all these seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BSP-SP-RLD alliance may spoil things for the ruling party this time. Voters mainly comprise the Jat community, besides Muslims and Dalits, who will play a decisive role. This Jat-Muslim-Dalit equation had helped the alliance win the by-election in Kairana and Noorpur.
(With inputs from IANS)