The Election Commission issued two separate orders against Adityanath and Mayawati, which came hours after the Supreme Court, on Monday, took cognisance of the "hate speeches" made by the two leaders during campaigning.
The tongue-lashing by the top court sent the poll panel into a hyperactive mode as it banned both the Uttar Pradesh leaders from campaigning for three and two days respectively within minutes of the court hearing.
While the BSP leader had urged the Muslim community to vote only for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidates, the Chief Minister had said if the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP had faith in Ali, "we have faith in Bajrangbali".
"This is the first show cause and action against the BSP president ... the severity of the action is, therefore, different", he said.
While Maywati has been pulled up for asking Muslims to vote for BSP-SP alliance, Yogi Adityanath has been reprimanded for his Ali vs Bajrang Bali comment.
The bench referred to submissions of the Election Commission that they can issue notices, then an advisory and finally lodge a complaint against an errant politician for violating the Model Code of Conduct for giving hate speeches during campaigns by invoking caste and religion.
The EC has written to chief electoral officers of all states informing them about their decision on Adityanath and Mayawati to ensure that its orders are not violated. They issue a notice if someone violates model code.or uses religion or caste for votes.then an advisory of they don't follow notice. The SC bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had ordered the representative of EC to appear before it on Tuesday.
The commission, which has been criticised by political parties across the spectrum for either turning a blind eye to poll code violations or being too slow, issued the gag orders soon after.
CM Adityanath had compared the Lok Sabha election to a contest between "Ali", a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman. The EC submitted action-taken report on various politicians during the campaigning for alleged breach of model code.
"This will be remembered as a Black Day in the history of the EC", she said at a press conference.
The EC had taken a similar step in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when it had banned BJP leader Amit Shah and SP leader Azam Khan from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh on April 11 for their controversial remarks.