New Delhi, May 12 IBNS | 4 months ago

The Congress on Monday said it will complain to the Election Commission (EC) against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over his video message to voters.


"How can the channels show Modi's speech today in violation of the code of conduct? Election Commission should take cognisance immediately," tweeted Congress leader Ajay Maken.

Modi on Monday released a video message for voters where he appealed to them to vote for the BJP in Varanasi.

"I thank all the people who came out and voted in the last eight phases. Today is the poll day in Varanasi. I appeal to all the voters to take a decision where they should win and the democracy should win," the Gujarat chief minister said in the video message.

He also posted his video message on Twitter saying: "All those voting in today's phase- Have you voted? If not please go to the polling booth! Sharing my video message."

Earlier in the day, he tweeted: "Today is final phase of 2014 Polls. Urging all those voting in 41 seats across 3 states & Assembly by-polls in WB to vote in large numbers."

"My special request to the youth - go out & vote and take your family and friends along to the polling booth!" he posted on the micro-blogging site.

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 Modi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal who are pitted against each other in the holy city of Varanasi.

Polling is being held in 41 seats across West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar with the spotlight in Varanasi owing to the contest of two heavyweights while Bengal hogged the limelight for violence. About 9 crore people are eligible to vote in this round.

In West Bengal, polling is being held in 17 seats, including South and North Kolkata seats. Fates of 188 candidates will be sealed in the state by voters in the final phase of the polling. A total of 18 seats, out of 80, are going to polls in Uttar Pradesh. In Bihar, six seats are up for grabs.

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 Congress candidate Ajay Rai as a challenger.

(Posted on 12-05-2014)

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