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India polls: Narendra Modi accuses election agency of discrimination

Published on May 8, 2014 6:22 PM
 
Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat and India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi gestures as he speaks during a campaign rally in Kolkata on May 7, 2014. Mr Modi sharpened his attack on India's election authorities on Thursday, accusing them of discrimination in barring him from holding rallies to back his candidacy in Varanasi. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Opposition leader Narendra Modi sharpened his attack on India's election authorities on Thursday, accusing them of discrimination in barring him from holding rallies to back his candidacy in Varanasi.

The holy city on the river Ganges goes to the polls on May 12, the final day of India's mammoth general election. Results are due May 16.

"With full responsibility, I'm accusing India's election commission of discrimination," Mr Modi told supporters at another rally in the electorally crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, where one in every six Indian voters lives.

The independent monitoring agency is widely credited for ensuring free and fair elections in India, in which 815 million voters have been called to the polls over five weeks.

 
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