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Unfortunate that Election Commission is not concerned about its neutrality, tweets Narendra Modi

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 11:17am IST | Place: Gandhinagar | Agency: ANI

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday took to twitter to express his disappointment over being denied permission for holding a rally in Varanasi.

"It is unfortunate that EC is not concerned about the institution's neutrality and that is why our Karyakartas have to embark on a Satyagraha," Modi tweeted earlier in the morning.

"I appeal to my Karyakarta sisters and brothers to maintain peace and ensure that people do not face any difficulty" he further tweeted.

Apologising to Ganga Maa for not being able to perform Aarti, Modi said, "Wish these people know that a Mother's love is above politics."

BJP is outraged after the district administration denied permission to Modi for holding one of the two rallies in Varanasi on Thursday. The party will protest in Varanasi and Delhi against the decision. BJP leader Arun Jaitley will lead the protest outside the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.

The BJP had sought permission to organise five events which included a rally by Modi in Beniya Bagh ground in Varanasi. Modi is contesting from the holy city of Varanasi that will go to polls in the last phase of elections on May 12.

BJP senior leader, Arun Jaitley, called the move as unprecedented and said that it was a deliberate interference in conducting free and fair polls in the world's largest democracy.

The BJP has yesterday decided to sit on 'dharna' in front of Varanasi Sub Divisional Magistrate's office against EC's decision to deny permit for three campaign programmes of Modi from Varanasi, where he is contesting against AAP's Arvind Kejriwal and Congress' Ajay Rai.



BJP had earlier sought permission to hold a public rally at crowded Veeniya Bagh area, but the Returning Officer Pranjal Yadav denied it citing security reasons.
However, the Returning officer had suggested an alternative spot to hold their public rally but the BJP did not accept.

Seeking removal of Varanasi Returning Officer, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley had yesterday said that he along with his senior party leaders including UP’s election in-charge of the party, Amit Shah will hold a protest outside Banaras Hindu University as well as in front of the EC in Delhi.

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