New Delhi: BJP MP Yogi Adityanath is likely to reply to a notice issued by the Election Commission for violating the model code of conduct by allegedly making statements appealing to voters on religious grounds.
The EC had on Tuesday asked the the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Gorakhpur to explain by Wednesday evening why action should not be taken against him.
The poll panel issued the notice after it received a report from the Gautam Buddh Nagar election officer that Adityanath had on September 07 made certain statements while campaigning for Uttar Pradesh Assembly bypolls.
According to EC, the Gorakhpur MP had said mikes from a temple were removed in Moradabad but were allowed in mosques and those who protested were sent to jail.
The poll watchdog also said Adityanath had reportedly said that an India without Ram cannot be imagined.
It said Adityanath had also said those who trouble Hindus with riots will have to pay dearly.
He, according to EC's notice, sought votes for the BJP candidate in the name of Lord Ram.
Polling will take place on September 13 in Noida and other Assembly constituencies of UP where by-polls are taking place.
(With Agency inputs)