PM Modi's Varanasi road show: Attempts being made to cover up issue, says Congress

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 6 (ANI): Asserting its stand on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his grand road show in Varanasi, the Congress on Sunday stated that attempts were being made to cover up the issue. "They are trying to indicate that he (Prime Minister) was coming out of 'darshan' of the temple and people just gathered and followed his cavalcade but that's not true. It's another matter if he doesn't want to admit the truth," Congress leader Salman Khurshid told ANI. "The Prime Minister did not have the permission for the road show; that was made clear by the local administration," he added. Prime Minister Modi held a roadshow in his constituency on Saturday ahead of the last phase of the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The road show garnered the attention of many political leaders, who accused him of violating the moral code of conduct. The Congress even asked the Election Commission (EC) to register an FIR against Prime Minister Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for allegedly violating the model code of conduct for holding a road show in Varanasi without the required permit from the authorities. In Uttar Pradesh, campaigning for seventh phase and last phase of elections is in full swing. Leaders and star campaigners of all major political parties are engaged in canvassing for their party and alliance candidates. A total of 535 candidates including 51 women are in the fray. BSP has fielded its nominees for all seats while BJP is in contest from 32 and has left 8 seats to its allies Apana Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party. Samajwadi Party's candidates are in fray in 31 segments and its ally congress is in contest from 10 seats. (ANI)