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India polls: Modi in election code violation on last day of polls

Published on May 12, 2014 6:58 PM

NEW DELHI - The front-running prime ministerial candidate in India's general elections, Mr Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party, found himself in trouble on Monday after he was accused of violating the election code of conduct which is in place until the results are out on Friday.

His rival, Congress party's Ajay Rai, is also in hot water for violating the code as voting was underway in the crucial Varanasi seat in the Uttar Pradesh state.

Mr Modi, 63, was in the eye of a storm after he released a video message on social media on Monday morning, urging voters to turn out in large numbers on the last day of voting in India's nine-stage polls. He also tweeted the link to his message, reaching out to his nearly 4 million followers.

Mr Rai, 41, courted controversy for being clad in a kurta with the party symbol (a hand) pinned on it when he cast his vote on Monday in Varanasi. A police report has been filed against him.

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