UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath again earns EC’s ire, this time over ‘Babar ki aulad’ remark; issued notice

New Delhi: The poll body on Thursday issued a notice to Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh chief minister,  over his “Babar ki aulad” remark reportedly made during an election rally in Sambhal on 19 April.

The Election Commission has asked Adityanath to file his reply within 24 hours.

“The Commission, after considering the available material and extant instructions on the matter, has decided to provide you an opportunity to explain your stand regarding the said statement,” poll panel said.

On 19 April, the UP chief minister had called Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Shafiqur Rahman Barq “Babar ki aulad” (successor of Babur).

“On the one hand, there is a candidate from a party which developed places linked to Baba Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Gautam Buddha. On the other hand, there is an Opposition candidate who calls himself a Babar ki aulad’,” Yogi said while addressing a public gathering.

He said, “Once I was in Parliament, I asked the SP candidate, who was also an MP, as to who were his predecessors, he said he was the successor of Babur. I was surprised.”

His comments came days after the EC had barred him from campaigning for 72 hours for allegedly making comments amounting to the violation of the model code of conduct. This was Yogi’s first rally after the ban.