The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain BSP chief Mayawati’s plea against Election Commission’s ban to address public rallies for 48 hours.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also asked her counsel to file a separate appeal against the poll panel's order.
Supreme Court takes note of action taken by the Election Commission against politicians, who made statements violating model code of conduct and said, "it seems Election Commission has woken up to its power and taken action against politicians."
The EC yesterday banned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati from election campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively, starting from 6 a.m. today.
Both the leaders have been banned for violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by making objectionable statements in their speeches.
The order had come just a few days before the second phase of polling (on April 18) for the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
The general elections are scheduled to be held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The counting of votes will be conducted on 23 May and on the same day the results will be declared.
Legislative Assembly elections in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will be held simultaneously with the general election.