Modi rally row: EC using the security card selectively, says Jaitley

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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley has come out strongly against the Election Commission over its cancellation of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in Varanasi. In a blog criticising the Election Commission, Jaitley has accused the commission of playing the security card selectively. Following is the full text of Jaitley’s May 8 blog:

I cannot conceal my disappointment with the Election Commission. Men in constitutional offices need to be bolder. Timid men can dwarf high offices.

The Election Commission scrutinizes us all the time. They are extremely vigilant in tackling the side shows in the elections. They are concerned with what adjectives are used by whom. But when it comes to preventing booth capturing which has reappeared after a decade in elections 2014 they are out of their depth.

By condoning the Returning Officer’s stand on ‘No-Modi rally’ in Varanasi city the Election Commission has used the security card to prevent Narendra Modi’s right to campaign in his constituency. If you can’t ensure security, don’t hold the polls in the country. But if you do hold the polls please provide a level playing field. You cannot deny the candidate the right to campaign. Rahul Gandhi can have a road show in Varanasi but Narendra Modi cannot have a rally. The security card is selectively used.