Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal key contenders for Varanasi; EC appoints special observer

The Election Commission on Friday appointed Tamil Nadu`s chief electoral officer Praveen Kumar for this crucial constituency from where Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will face Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and Congress`s Ajay Rai as well as candidates of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

Zee Media Bureau

Varanasi: The Election Commission on Friday appointed Tamil Nadu`s chief electoral officer Praveen Kumar for this crucial constituency from where Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will face Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and Congress`s Ajay Rai as well as candidates of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.
Kumar has being sent as a special observer by the Election Commission for May 12 poll in Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, official sources said today.

Kumar would keep a close watch on the electoral process in the high-pitched electoral battle in Varanasi.

The announcement came hours after election commissioner HS Brahma criticised the lapses on part of both the Varanasi district magistrate and the EC in handling the issue relating to permission for Narendra Modi`s Benia Bagh rally.

According to the official reports, Varanasi`s district magistrate, who is also the returning officer of the constituency, would now be acting under the special observer.

This would ensure that only Kumar has the final say in matters relating to the constituency, thus taking care of BJP`s concerns of alleged "lack of neutrality" of the returning officer.

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