New Delhi, Apr 15: The Election Commission on Monday "strongly condemned" Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati for their communal remarks and barred them from campaigning for different periods.

While Adityanath was barred for 72 hours, Mayawati has been barred for 48 hours, separate EC orders said.

The two have also been "censured".

Mayawati was issued the notice for her speech in Deoband appealing to Muslims to not vote for a particular party. The BSP chief had prima facie violated the model code of conduct, the poll panel found.

Adityanath was served the notice for his "Ali" and "Bajrang Bali" remarks while addressing a rally in Meerut.

He compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between 'Ali', a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman.

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Shimoga: Three youths who had gone for fishing in a tank drowned and died at Joladagudda village in Sorab taluk on Sunday.

The victims have been identified as Pradeep (19), Sharath (15) and Karthik (17).

They were friends and had gone to the tank for fishing at 12 noon. Another youth Abhishek who was on the bank of the tank, shouted loudly for help when he saw his friends drowning, and people near the tank rushed to help. Unfortunately, they could not save them from drowning.

Fire brigade staff fished out the bodies. Pall of gloom covered in the village due to the incident. A case has been registered at Sorab police station in this regard.