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Mayawati campaign ban stays

Published : Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 48

NEW DELHI, Apr 16: India's top court has upheld Monday's decision by the Election Commission to temporarily ban Dalit leader Mayawati from campaigning for 48 hours after she violated election guidelines.

Mayawati appealed against the decision in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The commission's decision is a setback for Ms Mayawati, who is seen as a regional heavyweight in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. It also comes at a crucial time for her, as some constituencies in the state head to the polls on Thursday in the second phase of voting.

On Monday, she was reprimanded for cautioning Muslims against splitting their vote - she urged them to vote against BJP and to vote for her party and its allies.    -BBC

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