Poster war in Vadodara: Madhusudan Mistry detained, BJP slams Cong
Senior Congress leader and Vadodara candidate for the Lok Sabha polls, Madhusudan Mistry, was today detained along with scores of party activists in Vadodara when they tried to remove BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's posters in the city.
The BJP slammed the Congress over the issue saying the entire episode has 'exposed' the Congress' character.
Besides Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Modi is also contesting from Vadodara.
Mr Mistry was detained around noon by the police after he, alongwith other party workers, attempted to remove Mr Modi's hoardings opposite local Congress office.
He climbed up a ladder and tried to remove Mr Modi's posters on an electricity pole and attempted to replace the BJP leader's with his own poster.
Mr Mistry and his supporters refused to leave a road there, after a failed attempt to remove Mr Modi's posters.
The police had to use some force to clear the road as the Congress workers including several women workers, staged a protest. They also clashed with the police.
The police detained Mr Mistry, Congress Vadodara unit chief Narendra Rawat and others.
The Congress national general secretary and his more than 50 supporters, who were detained by the police, were given bail by a local court in the evening.
Earlier in the day, Mr Mistry alleged that the election authorities did not allow the Congress to put their posters, while the BJP was allowed to put Mr Modi's posters.
Mr Mistry claimed that the Congress had sought permission from the election office four days ago to put their posters but the same was denied.
'The election department is not neutral. It is working under Mr Modi's pressure. He is misusing the state machinery,' he told reporters.
'We will not go from here, we will not allow dictatorship. The people of Gujarat and Vadodara will defeat him (Mr Modi),' Mr Mistry said before he was detained by the police.
His supporters also staged a protest at the collector's office after he was detained by the police.
The BJP had booked all major advertisement kiosks and hoardings covering all prime locations across the city a couple of days ago.
Mr Mistry had insisted that he should be given equal share of hoardings for his campaign.
Mr Mistry yesterday gave an ultimatum to the election authorities and threatened to remove Mr Modi's posters from hoardings this morning.
However, the BJP slammed the Congress and Mr Mistry over the issue.
'Never before we saw a candidate himself putting his posters. He (Mr Mistry) is the AICC general secretary. He is the chairman of Rahul Gandhi's core team. He has been given the charge of Uttar Pradesh. His behaviour was not right,' BJP leader Puroshottam Rupala told reporters in Ahmedabad.
He said Vadodara is known as a cultural city but Mr Mistry's act has sent a wrong impression about the city.
Mr Rupala said this entire episode has 'exposed' the Congress' character.
He said the people of the whole country want to see Mr Modi as the next Prime Minister.
(Posted on 03-04-2014)