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  • Poll body acted against communal speeches after top court pulled it up and gave it 24 hours to act


  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday took note of the Election Commission of India (ECI) quickly changing tack on April 15 to pass a flurry of restraining
  • orders against leading political candidates for their communally provocative and divisive speeches.
  •  The ECI orders came shortly after the poll body invited the court’s wrath for describing itself as “toothless” in the face of hate.
  •  The CJI was referring to ECI action taken against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan and BJP leader Maneka Gandhi.
  •  All four leaders were variously restrained from election campaigning for 48 to 72 hours.

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