India’s election commission on Monday banned a Hindu state chief minister from campaigning for three days after anti-Muslim comments in an election that will end next month.
The saffron-clad Yogi Adityanath, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, had been warned this month about his campaign speeches, the election commission said. The commission said Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, had spoken about a “green virus” in a speech last week in reference to Muslim voters who he said were being wooed by opposition parties.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has compared the Lok Sabha election to a contest between ‘Ali’, (Hazrat Ali) a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrangbali, the Hindu god Hanuman.
“If the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have faith in Ali, we have faith in Hanuman),” the UP CM had said. The chief minister also labeled the Indian Union Muslim League a “green virus” and called for its elimination. “The coalition is shouting ‘Ali-Ali’ on the stage at their rallies,” Adityanath claimed. “These people want to ruin the country with the collaboration of the ‘green virus’ of Muslim League. Time has come to eliminate this virus forever.”
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