Modi, who is contesting from here, was scheduled to hold a public meeting at Beniya Bagh area on Thursday evening but he was denied permission by the concerned authorities.

Meanwhile, similar protests are taking place outside the Election Commission office in the national capital.

Earlier on Wednesday, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley had written a letter the Election Commission in which he stated that the party's intention to call off all Modi's programmes in the temple city except a visit to the main office after his rally in Rohaniya.

"We will be holding a protest both in Varanasi and in front of your office tomorrow. For that action, we do not require your permission. Narendra Modi when he arrives in Varanasi city, will be going to the election office and then to the airport. He will be in his unusual motorcade," Jaitley added.

On April 24, Modi had visited Varanasi to file his nomination papers. Modi had also held a roadshow, which drew huge crowd.

Varanasi is witnessing a keen contest as Modi is fighting Lok Sabha elections for the first time and faces stiff competition from AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader Ajay Rai.

Rohaniya and Beniya Bagh have significant Muslim population, whose votes are being targeted by the Congress and AAP.

Voting in Varanasi will take place on May 12.


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