Narendra Modi denied, Rahul Gandhi gets nod for roadshow in Varanasi

Gandhi will hold a roadshow in Varanasi on May 10 to counter Modi's aggressive campaign in Amethi.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:May 7, 2014 7:48 pm

Returning the compliment, Rahul Gandhi will be holding a roadshow in Varanasi on May 10, the last day of campaigning for the parliamentary seat from where BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate is contesting, to counter Narendra Modi’s aggressive campaign in Amethi.

Sources said Rahul, Congress Vice President, will be in Varanasi on Saturday for the roadshow.

The decision of Gandhi’s roadshow in Varanasi was taken after Modi, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, had held a rally in the Congress Vice President’s Lok Sabha constituency Amethi on May 5 and targetted the Gandhi family.

Polling was held today in Amethi where Gandhi is locked in a triangular contest with BJP’s television-star-turned politician Smriti Irani and Aam Aadmi Party’s Kumar Vishwas.

Modi’s rally in Amethi also came on the last day of campaigning for the eighth phase of polling and was an attempt to give a push to the BJP candidate’s poll prospects in the pocketborugh of Gandhi family at a time when Congress is facing difficult election nationwide, particularly in central and eastern UP.

Gandhi’s road show in Varanasi is being seen as a way of getting back at Modi who had broken the unwritten code that no top political leader campaigns in the political backyard of a top rival.

At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Shashi Tharoor said “we do not have any official word on it” but added it is natural that Gandhi would like to be active in the final phase.

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    amakant
    May 7, 2014 at 11:51 pm
    Unwritten code needs to be rewritten. People demand probity in politics not cosypolies.
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      freedom
      May 7, 2014 at 3:02 pm
      I hope BJP looses from Varanasi
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        Anil Balakrishnan
        May 8, 2014 at 10:40 am
        Is it not the right of any candidate to meet the electroate and interact with him ? Why Mr. Modi is denied this right ? Just like Mr. Rahul hi ,Mr. Modi also has a right to conduct the campaign in the consuency he is contesting . It seems that the EC is acting as the employee of hi Family .
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          Dinesh Dinesh
          May 8, 2014 at 4:19 am
          there ll be no traffic jam in rahul road show and there ll be huge crowd in Modi's rally . So EC not able to handle Modi's rally. that's y he getting permission and Modi is not getting permission.
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            Ganapathi Bhat
            May 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm
            What is this unwritten code,which journalists have invented to criticise Modi?
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              Ram Reddy
              May 8, 2014 at 12:50 am
              It is unwritten code!
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                Citizen
                May 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm
                Why this step motherly atude by EC???? Either allow both or deny both depending on the law and order situation with raiders/restrictions Jaihind
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                  Andy L
                  May 8, 2014 at 2:19 am
                  How is going to get permission from DM
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