The Telegraph
Saturday , May 10 , 2014
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…prompting BJP to gun for EC: why was same venue denied to Modi?

New Delhi, May 10 (PTI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday hit out at the Election Commission for allowing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to hold a road show in a Varanasi area where its leader Narendra Modi was refused permission for a rally.

BJP leader Arun Jaitley termed it as a “big blot” on the electoral process that a Prime Ministerial candidate was not allowed to hold a rally in his area.

”The (Rahul Gandhi) roadshow is happening at a place where we were denied permission for holding a rally. This proves that there was no security reason and it was because of political reasons we were now allowed to hold the rally,” he told reporters.

He said the “Election Commission has to live with the fact that the whatever security reasons are there in Beniabagh, only apply to the BJP and not to the other parties.”

Jaitley was reacting to the Rahul’s road show in Varanasi.

”Rahul-ji can hold 50 roadshows. No issue. But denying us permission and allowing him is wrong,” party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said.

BJP leader Muktar Abbas Naqvi said in a tweet, “Rahul's farewell road show is happening in the area where Modi ji was not allowed to hold a rally. One more biased conduct of Varanasi RO.”

Days after Narendra Modi took on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, the Congress vice-president retaliated by campaigning on the last day in this temple town, where the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate is in the fray.

Modi had addressed a rally in Amethi, where Rahul has been challenged by BJP's Smriti Irani, on the last day of campaigning there on May 5 and had made a stinging attack on the Gandhi family.