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PM Modi’s Varanasi roadshow: Congress says he did not have permission for event

assembly elections Updated: Mar 06, 2017 10:17 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his roadshow in Varanasi on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

The Congress has alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi violated the Election Commission’s model code of conduct by holding a roadshow in Varanasi on Sunday.

“The Prime Minister did not have the permission for the road show; that was made clear by the local administration,” Congress leader Salman Khurshid said.

“They are trying to indicate that he (Prime Minister) was coming out of ‘darshan’ of the temple and people just gathered and followed his cavalcade but that’s not true. It’s another matter if he doesn’t want to admit the truth,” he told ANI.

Modi held a roadshow in his constituency on Saturday ahead of the last phase of the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The roadshow garnered the attention of many political leaders, who accused him of violating the moral code of conduct.

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The Congress even asked the Election Commission (EC) to register an FIR against Prime Minister Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for allegedly violating the model code of conduct for holding a roadshow in Varanasi without the required permit from the authorities.

In Uttar Pradesh, campaigning for seventh phase and last phase of elections is in full swing.

Leaders and star campaigners of all major political parties are engaged in canvassing for their party and alliance candidates.

A total of 535 candidates including 51 women are in the fray. BSP has fielded its nominees for all seats while BJP is in contest from 32 and has left eight seats to its allies Apana Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party.

The Samajwadi Party’s candidates are in fray in 31 segments and its ally congress is in contest from 10 seats.