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Gujarat Elections 2017: Congress files anticipatory complaint with EC against PM Modi’s ‘roadshow’

The chief electoral officer in Gujarat BB Swain said that the Congress party's Gujarat unit had filed an anticipatory complaint with the EC against Narendra Modi's roadshow in Ranip area of Sabarmati constituency.

Modi is a voter registered in Sabarmati constituency and on the day of second phase polls, Modi held a roadshow in a car and on feet after casting his vote. Thousands of people had turned up to welcome Modi and Congress complained that PM tried to influence the voters by the roadshow.

Swain said, "We received the complaint from Congress at around 11:55am and that was anticipatory complaint seeking actions to stop the road show. They had a doubt that PM could hold a road show when thousands of people turned up near the polling station where he was to cast his vote. We have issued order to District Election Officer(collector) in Ahmedabad to run a probe and we will also check the facts with Model Code of Conduct committee that keeps vigil on the spot. We will also assess the video footages."

The Gujarat BJP in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, however, slammed Congress over the issue and said, "Congress is making foul cry on the issue as they have conceded to loss. There is no indication that Congress can make comeback in Gujarat and they also now knew that. This is the reason why they are creating ruckus on this issue. BJP is going to form a government in Gujarat with more than 150 seats in Gujarat assembly."

On the other side, the complaints of Bluetooth network traced near the polling stations also were received from many places across the areas where polls are going on. Incidents were reported at different polling stations in Ahmedabad, Kheda, Panchmahals, Patan, Mehsana and Banaskantha districts.

 The election commission has directed the district election officers to investigate the issue with the technical experts of Bharat Electronics Limited.

"We have asked our officials to run the probe and the reports from Ghatlodia constituency and Godhara have come. In both the cases, mobile device having promiscuous names were found in the range of polling station creating misunderstanding. We are waiting for other reports and will report to election commission about the incident," Swain said.

The incident of Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad and Godhra seat in Panchmahals were investigated by the election officers and technical experts. In the incident of Ghatlodia, mobile device of Intex company having model name ECO105 was found while in the case of Godhra, the mobile device of Lava company having model name ARC-05 was found.

The EC also received two complaints of clashes in state and those were in Hasanpura village near Visnagar town of Mehsana district and in Savli town of Vadodara district. The CEO informed that in both the cases, the situation was brought under control by the security staff and it didn’t affect the poll process.

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