Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waited in queue to vote at booth 115 at the Nishan High School in Ahmedabad’s Ranip locality, and then walked down the road holding up his inked finger as a big crowd gathered to greet him roared.
The Congress has accused the Prime Minister of holding a “road show” even as the state votes, alleging it is a violation of the model code of conduct. The opposition party has said that the Election Commission, which issued a notice to Congress president elect Rahul Gandhi over a TV interview, must also act against PM Modi.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s puppet’. ‘EC working under PMO pressure’. ‘Congress practising petty politics’. These are just some of the barbs that the Congress and the BJP exchanged as Gujarat voted for the second and last time in its high-stakes Assembly election.
The BJP hit back with its national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao tweeting it was petty on the Congress’s part to “call the EC names”. “Sheer pettiness of @INCIndia to call ECI names is glaring. You loved it when the same ECI declared Ahmed Patel winner in RS polls. Why are you taking out your anger now on ECI for the spontaneous support to the PM? Isn’t it too much to expect ECI to act as Parivar’s Darbaris?” he tweeted.