Congress candidate Ajay Rai on Monday landed in a controversy after he went to vote wearing his election symbol on his kurta, prompting Election Commission to launch an inquiry into the matter while BJP and Aam Aadmi Party demanded action against him.
“We have called for the CCTV footage of the polling booth and action will be taken after examining the same,” Special Election Observer Praveen Kumar told PTI in Varanasi.
Mr. Kumar also said that flashing of election symbol at the booth is violation of Section 130 of the Representation of Peoples Act and a report will be sent after inquiry into this matter to the Chief Election Commissioner.
A report has also been sought from the local administration into the matter. Earlier, Mr. Rai came along with his family members to cast his vote, while wearing a badge of Congress election symbol ‘hand’ on his kurta.
He, however, defended his action saying that he has the right to wear the symbol as a candidate. Mr. Rai also claimed that the case against Narendra Modi cannot be compared with his action as the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate had shown his lotus symbol after casting vote in Gandhi Nagar.
On April 30, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate had courted trouble after he flashed his party’s symbol lotus while taking a “selfie”, and made a speech after casting his vote in Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
Mr. Modi is also fighting Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi.
Arvind Kejriwal of AAP also raised objections about Mr. Rai wearing the ‘hand’ badge on the polling booth and said this was not fair. BJP leaders also raised objections and sought action against Mr. Rai by the Election Commission.