Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley even accused the poll returning officer Pranjal Yadav of "mischief". He said the returning officer of Varanasi is a threat to free and fair election and the move to disloow Modi from holding a rally in the constituency was unprecedented and the BJP wouldn't accept it.
Arun Jaitley flayed the decision, calling it a mischief
Sources in the saffron party said that the permission to hold the rally was sought long back but on Tuesday it was conveyed to the party that the venue had been given to some other party for putting up a flag. The authorities also reportedly cited security alerts to refuse permission.
Varanasi is set to go to the election on May 12 when the final phase of the Lok Sabha election will be held. It is one of the high-profile constituencies in the state where Modi will take on Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.