May 8 Elections round up: BJP launches all-out war on EC, Modi takes out roadshow in Varanasi despite prohibitory orders
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9.45 pm: Election Commission recommends repoll at two polling stations in Bihar.
9.30 pm: Strong spirit and not arithmetic needed to run the country: Modi tells in interview.
9.25 pm: Maya Kodnani has right to get justice…When I made her minister, she was not charged, says Modi in a TV interview.
9.15 pm: Narendra Modi reaches BJP office in Varanasi.
9.08 pm: Hate speech from party members have stopped only because action was taken internally: Modi tells in the interview.
9.05 pm: In an interview to a TV news channel, Modi denies that BJP leaders were trying to give 2014 Lok Sabha elections a religious colour.
Did the Election Commission lack experienced law and order management inputs that it took an unrealistic decision of denying Modi his right?
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) May 8, 2014
6.05 pm: Modi begins his roadshow in Varanasi as his convoy comes out of BHU to head towards BJP’s Varanasi headquarters.
5.40 pm: Narendra Modi’s fierce attack on Election Commission today drew sharp condemnation from Congress and JD(U) which dubbed the criticism as “outrageous and unjustified” and an indication of its “desperation”. READ FULL STORY
5.25 pm: Narendra Modi reaches Varanasi, to begin roadshow soon.
5.18 pm: We were unable to give permission for the meeting at night duty due to security reasons: CEC
5.15 pm: We are disappointed that questions are being raised over EC; we are not afraid of any political party or entity in discharging our duty: CEC READ FULL STORY HERE
5.10 pm: Election Commissioner rules out immediate transfer of the returning officer in Varanasi
5.00 pm: We reassure that EC is doing job in strict non-partisan manner, says CEC V S Sampath.
4.58 pm: We were unable to give permissions for the rally but it has become a bone of contention. Where security issues are involved, EC goes by expertise given by local administration: CEC.
4.57 pm: EC appeals to leaders of parties to display greater maturity when referring to the Commission.
4.55 pm: We are disappointed that questions are being raised over EC; we are not afraid of any political party or entity in discharging our duty: CEC.
4.53 pm: We have done our best to hold free and fair elections. EC has discharged it responsibility with impartiality, neutrality: CEC
4.51 pm: Surprised and disappointed that a national party has questioned the neutrality of the EC: CEC
4.50 pm: EC has come across certain harsh statements; We reassure that EC is doing job in strict non-partisan manner, says CEC V S Sampath.
4.48 pm: The continued…