Mayawati urges EC to investigate PM Modi's roadshow

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 5 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday wrote to the Election Commission (EC) demanding an investigation against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow held in Varanasi yesterday.

The investigation has been demanded citing that the roadshow was organised without taking any prior permission.

In a letter addressed to the Election Commission, the BSP supremo has stated that holding the roadshow without permission is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and will affect free and fair elections.

"A person of topmost position violating law and MCC for political interest is not only unfair but also poses danger to democracy," the letter stated.

Mayawati opined that an immediate enquiry must be launched into the same so that no person is able to violate it in future.

Earlier yesterday the Congress asked the Election Commission to register an FIR against Prime Minister Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for allegedly violating the model code for holding a roadshow in Varanasi without the required permit from the authorities.

Prime Minister Modi held a roadshow in his constituency yesterday ahead of the last phase of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

He asserted that he has made Kashi his 'Karya Kshetra' so that the BJP can regain the pride of the region, which has lost its shine under the current Samajwadi Party (SP) Government.

Expressing full confidence in his party's chances in the state polls, the Prime Minister said that even if he had not visited Kashi, his own constituency, BJP would have emerged victorious, however, he still wanted to come and address the people as they were close to his heart.

"Back in 2014, I could not visit Varanasi as the Election Commission did not allow me to carry out a rally. Since then I have always wanted to come and speak to you. Kashi for me is not a political area, but I wanted to work here because I wanted to bring back its lost heritage," the Prime Minister said. (ANI)