Taking a jibe at Modi, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said, “I have a feeling that the BJP is getting a bit desperate. That is why it is making these outrageous attacks on the EC. The EC has allowed them to carry out their other events, then why should they take umbrage because just one event is denied.”

Hitting out at Modi, the Congress leader said ‘when the prime ministerial candidate of a political party makes ‘outrageous comments against the EC, it speaks more about him rather than the EC’.
    
"I don't think it diminishes the authority of the EC, rather it reveals the character of the person making the allegations", he said.
    
Holding that by and large, the elections have taken place peacefully, he said, “The EC has done a splendid job.”

Chidambaram's remarks came as the BJP on Thursday mounted an all- out attack on the poll body over refusal of permission to Modi for holding a rally in Varanasi.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday alleged that Modi’s planning for Ganga Arti in Varanasi was not a religious but a political programme.

"Modi's Ganga arti programme in Varanasi is not a religious one but purely political", Yadav said while addressing an election rally at Sikandarpur here.

(JPN/Agencies)

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