UP bypolls: HC notice to Centre, state govt on Yogi Adityanath

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Central and Uttar Pradesh governments, as well as the Election Commission while hearing a petition on poll campaigning by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Kalraj Mishra.

Updated: Sep 04, 2014, 12:24 PM IST

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Central and Uttar Pradesh governments, as well as the Election Commission while hearing a petition on poll campaigning by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Kalraj Mishra.

The plea seeks a ban on campaigning by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Kalraj Mishra in the upcoming bypolls in Uttar Pradesh.

The duo have been accused of fanning communal tensions and raking up the 'love jihad' issue ahead of the upcoming bypolls.

Earlier, a body of Muslim intellectuals had demanded action against Yogi Adityanath accusing him of trying to disturb peace in the country by issuing provocative statements.

The Millat Bedari Muhim Committee (MBMC) on Tuesday passed a resolution stating communal riots have always taken place not because of Hindus or Muslims but because of communal parties and organisations whose very existence rests on polarising society on communal lines.

Yogi Adityanath, a BJP MP from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, had recently said that riots happen wherever minorities are more than 10 percent in numbers while there is no place for non-Muslims where they are more than 35 percent.

Justifying its decision to appoint Yogi Adityanath as the face of its campaign for the UP bypolls, BJP had said the MP was chosen after much deliberation within the party.

"It was done after much deliberations," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said.

(With agency inputs)