Narendra Modi feels EC is troubling him, BJP

Against the backdrop of denial of permission for his rally in Varanasi, Narendra Modi on Thursday said he and BJP are being "troubled" by the Election Commission and wanted the poll body to "answer".

PTI| Last Updated: May 08, 2014, 22:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of denial of permission for his rally in Varanasi, Narendra Modi on Thursday said he and BJP are being "troubled" by the Election Commission and wanted the poll body to "answer".
"It is up to the Election Commission to answer why we are being troubled. Specifically, why a single party is being troubled, why Modi is being troubled. A lot has happened to me, but I don`t want to get into it right now. Let the EC take a decision," the BJP`s Prime Ministerial candidate said.

His comment came a day after the EC denied permission for his rally in Varanasi where he is contesting for the Lok Sabha polls.

At the same time, he insisted that he was not targeting the EC, saying he has not uttered a single word. He said it is his party BJP which has written letters to the EC, giving a detailed explanation.

"I cannot say much about this (anger at EC) because the developments are taking place in Varanasi," he told a news channel, referring to the protests being staged by his colleagues, including Arun Jaitley, in Varanasi against the denial of permission for his rally.

Jaitley, a close Modi aide, has been in the forefront of the BJP`s attack on the local EC officials and has written to the EC a number of times on the issue.

EC today dismissed the allegations of the "lack of neutrality".

Asked why he gave a caste-spin to Priyanka Gandhi`s `neech rajniti (low-level politics) barb at him, he clarified that the meaning of the word in Gujarati, the language he was most "familiar" with, approximates with the response he has given.

"Let`s assume I was misunderstood. But even their intention behind such usage of the words was wrong," Modi said targeting Priyanka.