Ajai Rai controversy a non issue for BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi, says ‘can’t cut off hand’

Election Commission directed the Varanasi Returning Officer to file an FIR or complaint against Ajai Rai.

By: Press Trust of India | Varanasi | Updated: May 12, 2014 3:11 pm

BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday snubbed party leaders making a big issue out of Congress Varanasi candidate Ajay Rai displaying the party symbol at a poll booth, saying it was a “small thing”.

As BJP and AAP sought action against Rai for wearing his election symbol on his kurta, Joshi said, “For some people it (Rai wearing Congress symbol) may be a big thing. There is no big thing in that.”

“Who doesn’t know their (Congress) election symbol? Everybody takes hand with them, will you cut their hands? I feel that a party (BJP) which is winning with such a big margin should not look into these small things. It will not have an effect on a single vote,” he said.

The Election Commission has directed the Varanasi Returning Officer to file an FIR or complaint against Rai for displaying his party symbol and talking to media at a polling booth amounting to “canvassing” which is barred on the voting day.

Varanasi Returning Officer Pranjal Yadav said he has seen the video of Rai going inside the polling booth in Ramakant Nagar of Chetganj area wearing Congress’ election symbol.

“We have seen the video. We have informed the Special Election Observer and the higher authorities. Action would be taken immediately,” Yadav said.

Rai, along with his family members, this morning went to cast his vote wearing a badge of Congress election symbol ‘hand’ on his kurta.

He, however, defended his action, saying that he has the right to wear the symbol as a candidate.

Rai also claimed that the case against Narendra Modi cannot be compared with his action as the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate had shown his lotus symbol after casting vote in Gandhinagar.

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    Ravi Ranjan
    May 12, 2014 at 11:00 am
    Joshi is not being big=hearted .He is being pragmatic.Are voters so naive or gullible to be influenced a t the booth itslef by someone displaying a party symbol?The fact is much before going tothe booth a voter is clear abot his choice.
    1. Shama Rao
      May 12, 2014 at 11:51 am
      Why then Joshy was not equally Vocal when Modi was criticised for exhibiting selfie? Is he scoring a self goal?