Modi's rally denied permission in Varanasi, Jaitley calls it mischief

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Varanasi, May 7: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was denied permission to hold a rally in Beniyabagh area of Varanasi, one of the two seats he is contesting in this year's Lok Sabha election, on Thursday. The BJP called it "unacceptable" and asked the Election Commission to sack the officials responsible for the move.

[BJP writes to EC]

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.

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