UP HC issues notice to Modi on petition challenging his election from Varanasi
ALLAHABAD: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued
notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a petition challenging his election
from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Justice VK Shukla, while passing the order on the
election petition of Congress MLA Ajay Rai, who had contested as the party’s
candidate from Varanasi, fixed September 5 as the next date of hearing in the
matter. Rai has alleged in his affidavit that Modi had left blank columns
relating to his wife Yashoda Ben’s PAN card details and her income, which
violated Supreme Court’s directions.
Rai has also alleged that though the Election
Commission had laid down that a candidate in a Lok Sabha poll must not spend
more than Rs 70 lakh during electioneering, and crores were spent during Modi’s
He has also alleged that T-shirts and caps bearing
Modi’s name and image were distributed among the people on a large scale which
was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Rai, who is an MLA from Pindra
assembly segment of Varanasi district, had finished third in the Lok Sabha
election wherein he also ended up losing his deposit.
Modi, contesting his first election outside Gujarat,
registered a stunning victory by defeating his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of
the Aam Aadmi Party by a massive margin of nearly 3.71 lakh votes. After
assuming Prime Ministership, Modi had resigned from the Vadodara seat from
where he had won by a record margin of 5.70 lakh votes, retaining Varanasi.