Show Cause Notice Issued to Yogi Adityanath for 'Biryani to Terrorist' Remarks Aimed at Kejriwal

Yogi Adityanath was issued a show cause notice by EC for his remarks on Arvind Kejriwal. He stated that Arvind Kejriwal was supplying biryani at Shaheen Bagh to protesters.

Show Cause Notice Issued to Yogi Adityanath for 'Biryani to Terrorist' Remarks Aimed at Kejriwal

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was issued a show cause notice by the Election Commission (EC) for his remarks. He asserted that his Delhi counterpart, Arvind Kejriwal was supplying biryani at Shaheen Bagh to protesters.

Now, the poll panel has asked him to answer to the notice before 5 pm on Friday. The Election Commission (EC) said that, prima facie, by making such remarks the senior BJP leader has breached provisions of the Model Code of Conduct in place for the February 8 Delhi assembly polls.

The comment was made by Yogi Adityanath during a speech in the national capital on February 1, calling the Shaheen Bagh protests as a "malicious attempt to disturb peace and normal life" in Delhi. While addressing a rally in south Delhi's Badarpur, Yogi Adityanath said that "When Article 370 was abrogated pain was felt by Pakistan and Arvind Kejriwal."

Yogi Adityanath also said that in the Delhi elections, there is the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on one side and on the other, there is the Congress and Kejriwal who "support divisive forces".

He added that, "The BJP is working with zero tolerance towards terrorism. But Kejriwal is busy sponsoring and offering biryani in Shaheen Bagh."
The notice reminded the chief minister of a provision of the poll code which asks politicians to avoid making allegations which are unverified and confine their criticism to policies and programmes of rivals.

Notice also reminded that no comments should be made on the private lives of political rivals during electioneering.

According to the notice issued by EC, Adityanath had said that "today biryani is not being served. The habit of feeding biryani was with the Congress in Kashmir or is with Kejriwal for Shaheen Bagh like incidents. (The habit of feeding biyrani) is not of the BJP."

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission (EC) had strongly criticized Adityanath for his communal comments and had prohibited him from campaigning for 72 hours.