BJP attacks EC over Rahul Gandhi roadshow
Senior Bharatiya Janta Party leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday attacked the Election Commission for allowing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to hold a roadshow in Varanasi, two days after BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was denied permission to hold a rally in the same constituency.india Updated: May 11, 2014 16:05 IST
Senior Bharatiya Janta Party leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday attacked the Election Commission for allowing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to hold a roadshow in Varanasi, two days after BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was denied permission to hold a rally in the same constituency.
Jaitley's comments came as the Congress vice-president held a roadshow in Varanasi in a retaliatory move by campaigning on the last day, where Modi is in the fray.
"Why was the Rahul roadshow permitted when Modi was denied permission (to hold a rally in) the same area?" Jaitley said, referring to Beniyabagh.
Watch: Jaitley slams EC, says Rahul is holding roadshow where Modi was denied permission
He attributed it to a "political motive".
"The Election Commission has to face it that in Beniyabagh the security reasons are valid only for the BJP and not for the rest of the parties. This itself proves that it was not due to any security constraints but it was due to political reasons that we were stopped from holding rallies," he said.
Jaitley added: "This will be a major blot on elections in India. The prime ministerial candidate was not allowed to campaign in his own constituency."
Modi was denied permission on Wednesday for holding a public meeting at a venue of its choice following which the party announced protests while cancelling all his programmes scheduled for Thursday.
The saffron party held a massive protest against the EC in Varanasi as well as in Delhi after the temple town's district magistrate and returning officer Pranjal Yadav did not allow Modi to hold a rally in Beniyabagh citing security reasons.
Modi is contesting from the Beniyabagh seat, which goes to polls on May 12. Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal and Congress' Ajay Rai are also fighting the elections from Varanasi.