After Mayawati’s Varanasi tweet against PM Modi, BJP files complaint with EC

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has written to the chief election officer (CEO), Lucknow, against Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct.

On Saturday, hours before the last phase of voting for the Lok Sabha polls begins, the BJP accused the BSP chief of posting tweets to influence voters after campaigning ended for the seventh phase.

Earlier in the day, the BSP chief in a tweet had wondered whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s loss from Varanasi in the Lok Sabha 2019 polls would be more historic than his win in 2014. “If Yogi can be turned down by Gorakhpur, wouldn’t the defeat of PM Modi from Varanasi be more historic than his win? Will Varanasi repeat what Rae Bareli did in 1977?” she said.

Mayawati was referring to the 1977 elections in which then PM Indira Gandhi had been defeated by Raj Narain in her constituency.

Varanasi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting for a second time, is due to vote on Sunday.

In Uttar Pradesh, 13 Lok Sabha constituencies will vote on May 19 in the last phase of the ongoing general elections.

First Published: May 18, 2019 21:13 IST

Updated: May 18, 2019 — 9:14 pm