Mistry and other party workers were detained by the city police when they tried to paste posters on Modi’s banners at advertisement kiosks in Dandiya Bazaar area here.  

"Mistry and other Congress workers have been detained after they tried to paste his posters on an advertisement kiosk installed on electricity poll on road dividers," Vadodara DCP Dipankar Trivedi said.

"Mistry or any other Congress leader has not taken any permission for the programme,” he added.

Trivedi said further course of action will be decided after looking into the videography of the incident.
Narendra Rawat, the earlier Congress candidate from Vadodara whose candidature was withdrawn after BJP declared that Modi will fight from this Lok Sabha seat, and Leader of Opposition in Vadodara Municipal Corporation Chandrakant Kastur were also detained along with Mistry and other party workers.

"Mistry tried to climb on one pole of road divider for pasting his poster over Narendra Modi's poster, but he was prevented by the police. They also took away his ladder which was used to replace Modi's poster," a Congress worker said.

The Congress workers, who shouted slogans against Modi and BJP, alleged that the Gujarat Chief Minister was responsible for not allowing their party’s candidate to put up his posters.
Mistry alleged that the police and district administration were acting in a partisan manner and prevented putting up of his posters at advertisements kiosks on city roads.
Earlier, Mistry along with other Congress workers sat on a dharna at city Congress office in Dandiya Bazar area of Vadodara city.

Mistry on Wednesday alleged that authorities had shown bias by allocating all the advertisement kiosks on roads of the city to BJP, where Modi's posters were prominently displayed.

The AICC general secretary had yesterday threatened to paste his posters on that of Modi if Vadodara District Electoral Officer (DEO) and Deputy Municipal Commissioner (administration) of VMC failed to remove the posters of Modi from the kiosks by 10 am.

"Both DEO and VMC acted in partisan manner in allowing display of posters of Modi on advertisement kiosks set up by VMC on road sides and on road dividers," Mistry had alleged.

"The DEO and VMC should follow principles of equality in allocating kiosks to political parties for the display of posters," he said.


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