Kanpur: Blaming Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, the Congress on Tuesday said it would approach the high court for quashing a police complaint against party leader Rahul Gandhi for allegedly violating rules during a roadshow here.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh alleged: "The action was taken on the direction of Mayawati as they are scared of the successful campaign by Rahul Gandhi. We will go to the high court for quashing the FIR registered against him for violating restrictions under Section 144.

"He also denied any violation of the election model code of conduct during Gandhi's road show in Kanpur on Monday.

"We have not received any notice from the Election Commission and as per the rules no permission is required for carrying out mass communication," he told reporters. 

According to the Kanpur district administration, Gandhi was granted permission to undertake his roadshow along a 20-km route against the party's application for covering a 37-km route. Gandhi faced the charge after choosing to undertake a longer road-show than what the district administration had permitted him. Kanpur will go to polls in the fifth phase of polling Feb 23.

(Agencies)