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Election Commission warns Yogi Aditynath over comments

April 7, 2019

The Chief of Minister Yogi Adityanath has received a strong warning from the Election Commission of India (ECI) This is for his comment calling the Indian Army "Modi ji ki sena" at a rally. The comment was criticised by the opposition parties and some retired Army officers.

Five days ago Yogi Adityanath had made the comment at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh. The ECI responded saying, "Be careful in your utterances in the future,".

The exact words used by Yogi Adityanath at a rally in Ghaziabad were:

Congress people used to serve terrorists biryani, but Modiji's Sena gives them only bullets and bombs. That's the difference. Congress people use "ji" for terrorists like Masood Azhar, but under the leadership of PM Modi, the BJP government is breaking the backs of terrorists by striking their camps. - Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh

The comment was condemned by opposition leaders and former army officials, who said the armed forced should not be dragged into politics. "It is shocking to hear the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister referring to the Indian Army as the 'Modi Sena'. Such blatant usurping of our beloved Indian Army is an insult and a humiliation," said Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister.

Union Minister V K Singh also rebuked Yogi Adityanath, saying that the "army does not belong to any individual but to the entire nation".

Former Navy chief Admiral L Ramdas asked the EC to look into possible violation of the poll code.

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