Congress on Thursday demanded “disqualification” of controversial BJP MP Adityanath, who was on Thursday reprimanded for “provoking feelings of enmity” during a recent speech in Noida.
“Yogi Adityanath is a fit case for disqualification. The way he was violating the law despite an earlier order of the Election Commission, I am of the view that he should be disqualified from his membership of Lok Sabha,” AICC secretary Sanjay Nirupam said.
He recalled that in the past late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray was disenfranchised for six years while some MLAs of Shiv Sena were disqualified on similar charges. Two days ahead of bypolls in UP, the EC also asked the state poll officials to ensure filing of an FIR against him.
The EC’s rebuke for the Hindutva hardliner for allegedly invoking “religion” and making “appeal on this ground to secure votes” for his party came a day after he was booked for defying a ban on election meeting in Lucknow.
The poll body in its order also cautioned the BJP leader to be careful in his future public utterances.