BJP sharpens attack on poll panel ahead of Varanasi roadshow; Modi, Jaitley question neutrality of EC

Attack got sharper as Modi tweeted alleging that the EC was not concerned about the institution's neutrality.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2014 11:14 am

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched an all out attack on the Election Commission over the denial of permission for a rally in Varanasi to its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. While Modi questioned the neutrality of the poll panel, Arun Jaitley said he could not conceal his disappointment with the constitutional body.

The attack by the party began with its decision to cancel all of Modi’s programmes scheduled in Varanasi on Thursday, accusing district electoral officer Pranjal Yadav, who is the returning officer and the DM of Varanasi, of acting under pressure from the state government.

Later, senior leader Arun Jaitley wrote to the Election Commission accusing the electoral officer of harbouring a ‘partisan attitude’.

However, the attack got sharper on Thursday morning as Modi himself tweeted alleging that the EC was not concerned about the neutrality of institution.

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  1. A
    May 8, 2014 at 9:50 am
    UNFORTUNATE ACTIONS BY THE EC.It is unheard of any time when a candidate was noy allowed to do election work in the consuency from where he is contesting. If EC cannot allow it on security condition they will have to postphone the election.At this rate the election cannot be conducted peacefully by the EC
    1. J
      May 8, 2014 at 6:36 am
      See Mr.Modi and Jaitley if there are genuine security concerns, you have to oblige.
      1. T
        Tarun Kanti
        May 8, 2014 at 11:02 am
        I feel pity for the DM, who is under pressure from State. Why the media giving preference to the convicted thief for stopping Modi?