Vadodara, Apr 3 UNI | 4 months ago

Senior Congress leader and Vadodara candidate Madhusudan Mistry was today detained alongwith scores of party activists when they protested against BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's posters in the city.

Besides Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Modi is also contesting from Vadodara.

Mistry claimed that the Congress sought permission from the election office four days ago to put their posters but they were not allowed, while the BJP was allowed to put it on 85 electric poles.

''The election department is not neutral. It is working under Modi's pressure. Modi is misusing the state machinery,'' he told reporters.

The Congress workers forcibly tried to climb on the poles to remove the Gujarat Chief Minister's posters and put the Congress leaders' posters. More than 100 police personnel were deployed near the Congress office.

The Congress workers also clashed with the police. ''We will not go from here, we will not allow dictatorship.

The people of Gujarat and Vadodara will defeat him (Modi),'' Mistry said before he was detained by the police.

The police also detained about 50 Congress workers, including city unit chief Narendra Rawat, Leader of the Opposition in Vadodara Municipal Corporation Chandrakant Shrivastav and several women activists.

(Posted on 03-04-2014)