The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday claimed that the Election Commission of India (EC) has ordered the deployment of central forces in all polling booths of Varanasi on May 12, polling day of the constituency that is witnessing high-profile contest.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal addresses supporters as he heads to the district collectors office to file his nomination papers in Varanasi. (HT photo/Arun Sharma)
The AAP further claimed that the EC has also ordered video recording of polling at all booths at in the city from where party chief Arvind Kejriwal has taken on Narendra Modi, BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
Party's legal brain Prashant Bhushan met the ECI VS Sampath and apprised him of the ground situation in Varanasi and Congress bastion Amethi. The Kejriwal led party had raised the issue of repeated attacks on its leader and workers in both the cities.
"The Commission has also assured that polling booths in Amethi will also be guarded by the central forces, wherever necessary," siad an AAP statement released in Delhi.
The AAP had earlier voiced its objection to "partial" treatment against its leaders and volunteers in Amethi, where party leader Kumar Vishwas is standing against Congress' Rahul Gandhi and BJP's Smriti Irani.
The party had also filed a complaint against a Deputy Superintendent of Police of Varanasi. Kejriwal, in his reply to Varanasi's returning officer and District Magistrate, had questioned the DSP's impartiality.
The party claims that the EC has assured action against him.
"The DSP had sent an objectionable internal letter dated April 28, 2014 about Kejriwal's election campaign. Our complaint had said, the contents of the letter reveal a pro-BJP bias of the concerned officer," the AAP statement said.
AAP also claims that the EC has suggested that the party send a list of booths that it considers sensitive to the Returning Officer and the Observer in Varanasi.