The commission's orders came hours after the Supreme Court gave the poll panel time till tomorrow to report on the action taken against the two prominent politicians for their controversial speeches.
Finding that her speech was highly provocative and violative of the MCC for its communal tone and tenor, the Commission has barred her from campaigning for a two day period starting tomorrow morning. Mayawati made the "objectionable" comments during her speech in Deoband in which she allegedly appealed to Muslims not to vote for the Congress.
"This is the first show cause and action against the BSP president ... the severity of the action is, therefore, different", he said.
In separate orders, the Election Commission also "condemned" the two speeches and "censured" the politicians.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi summoned a representative of the EC for Tuesday while agreeing to examine the poll panel's contention that it has limited legal power to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering. They issue a notice if someone violates model code.or uses religion or caste for votes.then an advisory of they don't follow notice. The court also made a decision to examine the ambit of the EC's powers, asking if the poll panel is even aware of its powers to force errant political leaders to fall in line.
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The EC reprimanded Khan saying his "indecent", "derogatory and totally uncalled for" statement violated the model code of conduct and banned him from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows and interviews or public utterances in media in connection with the ongoing elections for 72 hours from 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
The commission, which has been criticised by political parties across the spectrum for either turning a blind eye to poll code violations or being too slow, issued the gag orders soon after. While Ali is revered by Muslims as Prophet Mohammad's successor, Bajrang Bali is another name for Lord Hanuman.
File image of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
The EC had earlier asked her to explain her position on the matter in 24 hours of receiving the notice.
The ban on Shah was lifted in a few days after he assured the poll body that he would not disturb public tranquility and law and order.