Varanasi: The BJP launched a severe assault on the Election Commission after the returning officer of Varanasi constituency denied Narendra Modi permission to hold a public meeting, perform Ganga puja, and meet 150 members of Varanasi’s intelligentsia.
Late in the evening, however, the returning officer, Varanasi DM Pranjal Yadav, gave sanctions for Modi’s meeting with the intellectuals and the Ganga puja, but refused to budge on the public meeting at Beniabagh. By then the BJP had already withdrawn its applications for the events. It said it was no longer interested in holding the activities it had planned because the deliberate delay had ensured they had no time to publicize them.