As BJP and AAP sought action against Rai for wearing the Congress’ election symbol on his kurta, Joshi said, "For some people it may be a big thing. There is no big thing in that.”

"Who doesn't know their election symbol? Everybody takes hand with them, will you cut their hands? I feel that a party (BJP) which is winning with such a big margin should not look into these small things. It will not have an effect on a single vote," he said.

The Election Commission has directed the Varanasi Returning Officer to file an FIR or complaint against Rai for displaying his party’s symbol and talking to media at a polling booth amounting to ‘canvassing’ which is barred on the voting day.

Varanasi Returning Officer Pranjal Yadav said he saw the video of Rai going inside the polling booth in Ramakant Nagar of Chetganj area wearing Congress’ election symbol.

"We have seen the video. We have informed the Special Election Observer and the higher authorities. Action would be taken immediately," Yadav said.

Rai, along with his family members, went to cast his vote this morning wearing a badge of Congress election symbol 'hand' on his kurta.

He, however, defended his action, saying he has the right to wear the symbol as a candidate.

Rai also claimed that the case against Narendra Modi cannot be compared with his action as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate had shown the party’s symbol after casting his vote in Gandhinagar.

(JPN/Agencies)

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