Varanasi: FIR against Congress candidate Ajay Rai
Acting on the order of the Election Commission (EC), Varanasi Returning Officer Pranjal Yadav on Monday lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against Congress candidate from the Lok Sabha constituency Ajay Rai for displaying party symbol.
The FIR was lodged against Rai under sections 126 and 130 of Representation of People Act (RP Act).
Earlier in the day, Rai courted a controversy by swearing the party symbol in his kurta while going to vote.
A staggered nine-phase general elections in India to elect a new government in New Delhi reached its final phase on Monday as people in three states are voting in 41 constituencies to seal the fates of 606 candidates, including bigwigs like Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal who are pitted against each other in the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
Since morning long queues were seen in Varanasi as people in large number turned up to cast their ballots. Besides Modi and Kerjriwal, Varanasi also has Rai as a challenger.
Till 11 am, 23.67% voter turnout was witnessed in Uttar Pradesh.
(Posted on 12-05-2014)