New Delhi, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

Refuting the BJP charge of bias on the issue of BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi's Varanasi rally, the Election commission today said it does not accept any insinuation of bias and that it would do everything according to law to conduct free fair and peaceful polls.

"The Election commission does not accept allegations of inaction & bias. The EC will act correctly while facilitating legitimate campaigning by all political parties," DG of the EC Akshay Rout told reporters here. He said the EC was tracking the matter in Varanasi.

"We will do everything according to the law to conduct free fair and peaceful polls," Mr Rout said.

He said that if any officer was found working in partisan manner, action would be taken against him.

The statement by the EC came after BJP charged the EC of bias.

The charge came after Mr Modi was denied permission for holding a rally in Varanasi.

The BJP indicated that the party is likely to stage protest in Varanasi and New Delhi tomorrow on this issue.

Party sources in the national capital said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is likely to lead protests outside the Election Commission office in New Delhi tomorrow.

The BJP wrote another letter to the Election Commission alleging that there is continuance of "partisan attitude" of Returning Officer of 77 Varanasi Parliamentary constituency.

"All three programmes of Mr Modi in the city are being denied to him," Mr Jaitley alleged in the letter.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)