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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 11:14:04 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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