Reports, however, suggested that the Varanasi district administration denied permission to Modi’s one rally, which was scheduled to take place at Beniya Bagh. It said that the site was not fit for Modi’s public meetings which may draw massive crowd.

Meanwhile, MP Singh, ADM (City), Varanasi, said that they received the application seeking permission for the rally on Tuesday and the decision will be taken by 5 PM.

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

BJP media in-charge of Kashi region, Sanjay Bhardwaj, said they had sought permission for Modi's rally at Benia Bagh ground and another at Jagatpur ground in Rohania.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley has written a letter to the Election Commission of India in this regard.

"I don't know who is interfering but the returning officer of this constituency is a threat to free and fair election. This is unprecedented and unheard of and the party will not take it lying down," Jaitley said.

Rohaniya and Beniya Bagh have significant population of Muslim community, whose votes are being targeted by Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Commenting on the issue, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said the Varanasi administration was obeying an ‘unwritten order’ and there is an ‘undeclared understanding’ between them and the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state

"There is an undeclared understanding between the Samajwadi Party and district administration. How can the administration deny permission to a candidate to hold rally in his own constituency. It is obeying an unwritten order. It is absolutely unacceptable. We are quite surprised," she said.

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


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