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Yogi's reply to EC notice

5/3/2019

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath replying to the notice issued by the ‘Election Commission for calling the SP-BSP alliance candidate as `Babar Ki Aulad’ has said ``Do we go to the dais to sing devotional songs? We go there to defeat the opposition party and hit out at them’’. "Bhajan karne ke liye jaate hai kya manch pe? Ukhad dene ke liye aur apne virodhi ko gherne ke liye manch pe jate hain," Adityanath said. Chief Minister was referring to the show cause notice issued to him by the Election Commission over his recent controversial remarks while campaigning for Lok Sabha elections. "Our work is to highlight the opposition's weakness in front of the people. We do not mind it even when Congress or Samajwadi Party 'abuse' us during their election campaigning. If we revert, why are we called wrong?," Adityanath said in his reply to the Election commission on Friday. The EC had on May 2 served a notice to the UP chief minister over his 'Babar ki aulad' remark made during a rally in Sambhal on April 19. Yogi claimed how he once asked SP's Sambhal candidate Shafiqur Rahman Burq in parliament building about his lineage, to which Rehman said he was "Babar ki aulad". "The Lok Sabha speaker had also condemned it during that time. To take an action on the conversation that had happened between two people does not come under the purview of the Election Commission If I do not quote such a thing in my election rallies, then what else do I do?" he further stated. The "Babar ki aulad" comment stirred controversy as it came in his first rally after the poll body barred him from campaigning for 72 hours for allegedly making comments amounting to the violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

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